Clarkia purpurea (Winecup Clarkia)
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Clarkia purpurea (Winecup Clarkia)

Winecup Clarkia, Purple Clarkia, Winecup Fairyfan


Native to western North America, Clarkia purpurea (Winecup Clarkia) is a showy annual wildflower boasting ravishing bowl-shaped flowers from mid spring to mid summer. The flowers are formed of 4 petals in shades of pink, purple, or rich wine red. They are often adorned with a spot of pink or red in the middle. The flowers are open in the daytime and closed at night. Borne on erect, reddish stems lined with linear to lance-shaped leaves, they give way to dry capsules, which split open when mature to release their numerous seeds. Found in a variety of habitats, including grassland, chaparral, foothill woodland, yellow pine forest, and openings in mixed conifer forest, Winecup Clarkia is adaptable to many soil types. Bees and butterflies are attracted to this charming beauty, making it a good choice for bee or butterfly gardens. Easy to grow, low maintenance, Winecup Clarkia is suitable for beds and borders, wildflower gardens and meadows. Plant in drifts for great impact and make sure you have enough for the vase!

  • Grows up to 24-36 in. tall (60-90 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm). Winecup Clarkia may reseed in the garden in optimum growing conditions.
  • Thrives in full sun in a variety of well-drained soils. Needs adequate winter or spring moisture until it finishes blooming. Drought tolerant.
  • Great for beds and borders, cottage gardens, prairies and meadows or containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues.
  • Propagate by seed in the fall for a spring bloom.
  • Native to western North America, including: Baja California, California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 10
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
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Southwest, Arizona
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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 – 10
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
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Pacific Northwest, Oregon, Washington, Southwest, Arizona
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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