Clarkia amoena

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Clarkia amoena
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Myrtales
Family: Onagraceae
Genus: Clarkia
Species: C. amoena
Binomial name
Clarkia amoena
(Lehm.) A.Nels. & J.F.Macbr

Clarkia amoena (farewell to spring or godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area.

It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds.

Three subspecies are currently recognised, though intermediate forms are commonly found:

  • Clarkia amoena subsp. amoena
  • Clarkia amoena subsp. huntiana
  • Clarkia amoena subsp. whitneyi (Whitney's farewell to spring)

Farewell to spring is commonly cultivated as a garden plant, and cultivated varieties are known.

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