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Clarkia pulchella - Pursh.

Common Name Pinkfairies
Family Onagraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moderately dry sites, often where the soil is disturbed, from valleys and foothills to 1,800 metres in the mountains[212].
Range Western N. America - British Columbia to Oregon, east to S. Dakota.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Clarkia pulchella Pinkfairies


Clarkia pulchella Pinkfairies
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Clarkia pulchella is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to October, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - ground into a powder and eaten dry[94]. Very small and fiddly to harvest.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Dye

Green and gold dyes are obtained from the flowers[168].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in a sunny position in any good garden soil[1]. If the soil is too rich the plants will produce lots of vegetative growth at the expense of flowers[188]. Resents hot, humid continental summers[200]. A polymorphic species[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[108].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. The seed usually germinates in 2 weeks[1]. Seed can also be sown in situ during the autumn in mild winter areas[1, 200]. Thinnings can be transplanted[1].

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NORTHERN AMERICA: Canada (British Columbia (south)), United States (South Dakota (Meade Co.), Idaho, Montana (west), Oregon, Washington, Wyoming (northwest))

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Clarkia bilobaTwolobe clarkia, Mariposa clarkia, Brandegee's clarkiaAnnual0.9 0-0  LMHSNM11 
Clarkia purpureaWinecup clarkiaAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHSNM10 
Clarkia unguiculataElegant Fairyfan, Elegant clarkiaAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHNDM101

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Botanical References

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