Plant of the day: farewell to spring

Pink, poppy-sized flowers show up with a flamboyant burst of color on the browning hillsides. Each of the four delicate petals are dotted with a dark red splotch. This is farewell to spring, or Clarkia amoena.

There are several species of Clarkia in Marin that differ slightly from one another; this species can be either white or pink. You can distinguish it from the other similar species because it has red splotches instead of a red ring on the petals, and the buds don’t droop. These flowers seem to thrive on dry road cuts – I’ve seen them growing along Highway One in several different places (these photos were taken just south of Tomales).

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One response to “Plant of the day: farewell to spring

  1. Doreen smith

    Clarkias can be difficult to identify and the keys easily misinterpreted. Many older herbarium records have recently been re-assigned to different species than C. amoena or are of cultivated origin . For example the Calflora perported-distribution map includes many of these old mis-identified records dating from when C. rubicunda was thought the same species . A better idea of the distribution of C. amoena, as the sp. is now circumscribed, is on the Jepson Herbarium e-Flora website.

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