Clarkia

Clarkia unguiculat

Native Plant

Plant Category   Annual
Flowering Time   Spring
Fruiting Time   Summer
Planting Time   Late fall before the rains, early spring. It appreciates a light covering of soil after broadcasting. You could also consider making seed bombs.
Where to Plant   Woodland settings and alongside oaks
Soil and Light   Tolerates sandy and clay soils
Companion Plants   Tolerates sandy and clay soils
Wildlife   Birds, butterflies, moths, insects

Clarkia

Clarkia unguiculat

Clarkia is a graceful wildflower with a penchant for spreading joy in your garden! 

 Planting Clarkia seeds in the fall sets the stage for a delightful bloom in February and March. An additional spring planting extends the floral display well into late spring, ensuring a steady supply of nectar for pollinators.

One of the best things about Clarkia is that it’s a self-sower, meaning you can expect to see new seedlings pop up in the same spot year after year. As a native California wildflower, it feels right at home in woodland settings alongside oaks, firs, and pines, earning it the endearing nickname of Woodland Clarkia.

Clarkia’s resilience and adaptability make it a favorite among gardeners – it thrives in containers or directly in the ground with minimal fuss. Plus, it can crowd out weedy grasses!

Beyond its aesthetic appeal, Clarkia is vital in supporting local ecosystems. While providing essential nectar for butterflies, including the majestic Monarchs on their journey north through the San Lorenzo Valley, once pollinated, it produces seeds that birds love.

And here’s a bonus – Clarkia’s long-stemmed flowers make lovely additions to bouquets, bringing a touch of nature indoors.

Consider welcoming Clarkia if you’re starting a restoration project, creating a pollinator garden, or simply adding a splash of color. With its understated elegance and ecological benefits, it’s sure to become a cherished part of your landscape.