Beautiful, tough, versatile CA native wildflowers!

Clarkia rubicunda ‘Shamini’

With a list of lovely qualities as long as our arm, it's no secret we dearly love our CA native Clarkias. And yet ... we find they are entirely under-planted and under-appreciated! How can that be, when they are so beautiful, tough and versatile? Just consider their virtues: Crappy soil? (Plant Clarkias!). Less than perfect drainage? (Plant Clarkias!). Hot and dry? Nibbly deer? You get the point! Plant some Clarkias and let the magic begin!

Exploding into a blaze of bloom that lasts at least a month and sometimes longer (C. rubicunda blasdalei and C. 'Shamini' can go on with their bloomy selves till August), they expertly fill that awkward gap between Spring and Summer when so many flowers start to fade. Here's the secret though: you've got to get them in the ground by mid-April at the very latest (and really, the sooner, the better). As hardy-annuals, by the time they start blooming, they'll be out of season for purchase. And by then you can't have them – so don't be mad!

And if you even THINK about growing cut flowers for the garden, then that's it, there's no question about it – you simply MUST give Clarkias a try. Lasting two weeks or more in a vase, they'll amaze you with their seemingly never-ending cheer. Plus, they always self-sow here and there, rewarding you with drought tolerant babies that are free, free, free. How's that for a return on your investment? So plant some Clarkias, please. You won't be disappointed!

Read More About All Our Favorite Clarkias

Clarkia amoena ‘Aurora’ “Farewell to Spring”
Big, blowsy blooms the color of a pinky-peach sunrise display abundantly at the tips of this many branched beauty. To 3’ tall x 2’ across, it'll bloom May till July or more. We adore!

Clarkia rubicunda blasdalei “Ruby Chalice Clarkia”
Clarkia rubicunda blasdalei “Ruby Chalice Clarkia”
Clarkia rubicunda blasdalei “Ruby Chalice Clarkia”
Masses and masses of exuberant 2" cherry-eyed blooms last till May or longer on this 30" x 30" CA native. Plenty for cutting! Perfect for keeping your garden floriferous at the end of Spring and before Summer bloomers kick in. Self-sows reliably, so you’ll have drought tolerant volunteers every year!
Clarkia unguiculata ‘Salmon Princess’
Clarkia unguiculata ‘Salmon Princess’
Clarkia unguiculata ‘Salmon Princess’
Grow your own butterflies! We love this tall native Clarkia for the cottagey feel it brings to the garden. Mingles ever-so-charmingly with neighboring plants and long blooming, lasting well into Summer/Fall. Creates a graceful, upright branching form to 3’ tall x 2’ wide.
Clarkia rubicunda ‘Shamini’
Clarkia rubicunda ‘Shamini’
Clarkia rubicunda ‘Shamini’
The last Clarkia to go into bloom, this super-bloomer keeps going all thru Summer and into Fall without any additional water. Sporting a unique upright habit that can reach 5’ but normally stays about 3’ tall and wide. Fine in poor well-drained soil but spectacular with a bit of compost added.

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