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Clarkia amoena (Satin Flower)

Satin Flower, Farewell to Spring, Godetia, Clarkia grandiflora, Godetia grandiflora


Clarkia amoena (Satin Flower) is an upright annual boasting ravishing racemes of satiny, cup-shaped, slightly flaring flowers, 2-3 in. (5-7 cm), from late spring to early-mid summer. Single or double, the blossoms can be lilac, pink, red or lavender, often with a blotch or spot at the base of each petal. Borne on erect to lax stems clad with lance-shaped leaves, they give way to dry capsules, which splits open when mature to release their numerous seeds.

  • Grows up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 10-12 in. wide (25-30 cm). May reseed in the garden in optimum growing conditions.
  • Thrives in full sun or part shade in poor to moderately fertile, slightly acid, moist but well-drained soil. Appreciates good air circulation. Performs poorly in hot and humid summer weather.
  • Great for beds and borders, cottage gardens, cutting gardens or containers.
  • Attractive to bees and butterflies but deer resistant.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Generally pest free. Keep an eye out for foot rot and stem rot.
  • Propagate by seed sown in-situ in early spring or autumn. Start seed indoors in pots 6-8 weeks before last frost date or sow directly in the garden as soon as the danger of frost has passed. 
  • Native to coastal northwestern California.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Annuals
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage

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