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Growing Clarkia

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Clarkia can easily be grown from seed. It is considered an annual or tender perennial suitable for full sun or filtered shade garden spots. Well drained sandy soil is perfect, but this flowering plant is adaptable. This is a guide about growing clarkia.


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February 21, 2006
Botanical Name: Clarkia amoena
Life Cycle: annual, tender perennial
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 2' to 3'
Exposure: full sun to dappled shade
Soil: will adapt to most conditions, but thrives in sandy, well-drained soil
Hardiness:7-10, but thrives in cooler climates
Bloom Time: early to mid summer
Flower: deep rose, purple, pink, red, white and salmon
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds, self-sowing
Suggested Use: beds, borders, cut flowers, and rock gardens
Growing Hints: In western zones, sow seeds in fall during the rainy season. In eastern zones, sow seeds in early spring as soon as soil can be worked. Clarkia doesn't transplant well and should be sown in the location where you want it to grow. Clarkia will adapt to poor soil conditions. Soil that is too nutrient rich will produce lush foliage but inhibit flowering.
Interesting Facts: Clarkia was named for Captain William Clark, the famous German botanist who explored the American frontier with Meriwether Lewis. Clarkia was one of the first flowers documented as they crossed the Louisiana Purchase.
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