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Clarkia unguiculata - Lindl.

Common Name Elegant Fairyfan, Elegant clarkia
Family Onagraceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry slopes in the chaparral[1].
Range South-western N. America - California.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Clarkia unguiculata Elegant Fairyfan, Elegant clarkia


Clarkia unguiculata Elegant Fairyfan, Elegant clarkia
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Clarkia unguiculata is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
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

C. elegans. Dougl.

Plant Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses:

Seed - raw or cooked. It can be ground into a powder and eaten dry[94, 257]. The seed is 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].

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Clarkia purpureaWinecup clarkiaAnnual0.6 0-0  LMHSNM10 

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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Author

Lindl.

Botanical References

200

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