Approximately 400-500 seeds in 1g packet.
Upright reddish stems lined with rosy papery flowers are highlights of the elegant clarkia. This tall wildflower is endemic (native only) to California, existing in chaparral, grasslands and forest clearings. It is a fast-growing annual that naturally blooms from mid-spring to early summer when conditions are mild and cool. Garden grown specimens can be sown year-round as long as temperatures and mild and humidity low.
Elegant clarkia grows upright with reddish stems and sparse green to gray-green leaves. Each leaf blade is a linear and lance-shaped, often with small teeth along the edges. Plant often branch, but still look rather wispy. Flower buds arise from the base of the leaves. The flowers have four club-shaped petals of rose-pink to deep violet. White flowers are a rarity. After pollination by insects or the occasional hummingbird elongated seed capsules full of small seeds are produced. Scattered seeds germinate in the fall or spring.
Grow elegant clarkia in full to dappled sun in moderately fertile to poor sandy loam soil with good drainage. Do not fertilize, as rich soils diminishes flowering. Sow seeds directly on the ground where you wish them to grow intermixed with other naturalistic spring ornamentals. There are many wonderful varieties including double-flowered forms that look like double hollyhock blossoms. The Royal Bouquet Series is once such collection.
Information source: www.Learn2Grow.com.
Genus - Clarkia
Species - Elegans
Common name - Elegant Clarkia, mix
Germination rate - 80%
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Annual Flower
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Height - 0,60 m
Spread - 0,25 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - July - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Gray Green / Cream, Pink, Lavender, Violet
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Drought tolerant, average water
Landscape uses - Attractive in mass plantings, beds, containers and make beautiful, long lasting cut flowers.
In cooler climates sow in soil after the danger of the last frost or inside in the beginning of spring and grow in pots.
Germination temperature - +20-25C. Germination time - 7-14 days.
In subtropical regions, sow seeds in fall for flowering during the drier, cooler winter months. Hot, very humid and rainy weather causes elegant clarkia to perform poorly. The blooms make exceptional cut flowers.
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