Clarkia rubicunda (Godetia, Farewell-to-Spring)

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Clarkia rubicunda (Godetia, Farewell-to-Spring)

Post by Hamad Ahmed Kisana » July 9th, 2013, 11:54 am

Botanical Name Clarkia rubicunda
Family Onagraceae
Genus Clarkia
Specie rubicunda
Local Name in Urdu
Common Name Godetia-Clarkia
Life Cycle Annuals
Cultivar Name
Fragrant or Not no
Category(Bush/Vine/Tree) flowering plant
Height 12-18 in.
Spacing 9-12 in.
Flowering Months end of spring-start of summer
Flower Color Pale Pink
Pink
Rose/Mauve
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Red
Growing Areas all Pakistan
Frost Tender yes
Exposure Full Sun
Soil pH tolerent
Propagation by seed
Uses ornamental plant
Other Details This under-appreciated annual bears the most beautiful, satiny pink or white flowers for weeks in summer. It also goes by the charming name farewell-to-spring, perhaps because it blooms just as spring temperatures are rising. Plant it once and you won't want to go a growing season without it.Godetias produce cup-shaped blossoms in clusters at the tips of strong stems. Flowers are white, pink, red, or lilac with contrasting colors in most. There are also double varieties. Foliage is gray-green. Height ranges from 10 inches up to 21/2 feet, and they grow about 10 inches wide. Shorter varieties have a mounding habit. this plant does best in areas with cool summers and in moist, well-drained soil. It's a great cut flower, too. it dislikes transplanting. Don't fertilize. If it has too many nutrients, it will have lots of foliage and few flowers.
godetia image taken from post of umar khan mardan.(courtesy Umar Khan Sb)
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Re: Godetia, Farewell-to-Spring

Post by Farhan Ahmed » July 9th, 2013, 7:17 pm

Also called Satin Flower.
Benefits from pinching.....if started in plugs and not pinched. Clarkia will grow tall and lanky.
Flowers close in the evening which is equally a lovely sight.
Does not like over watering or the lower leaves will turn yellow
Requires perimeter staking as the stems are not strong enough to carry the weight of the plant.
Prone to Aphid which can be located just below the buds.
Later transplanting will shock the plant. Avoid.
Looks best when planted in masses.

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