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Clarkia unguiculata

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.3m to 1m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.2m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourPink, purple, red, white
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Clarkia unguiculata. This is an upright hardy annual, The leaves are grey-green and lance-shaped to elliptic. The flowers are often frilled and will produce doubled blooms which are on top of the delicate red stems. They will grow to a height of 1m. You can grow them in a sunny position.

Characteristics

Annual, Herbaceous

Origin

California

Interest and use

Border, cutting bed, greenhouse

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Sandy
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will grow in a sunny position in reasonably fertile, well drained soil. You should avoid rich soil as this will encourage vegetative growth at the expense of the flowers.

Propagation

Annual sow direct. When sowing seeds, remember that they are very fine and need to be barely covered with sowing medium.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Botrytis may be troublesome.

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