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PlantFiles: Atlasflower, Farewell-to-Spring, Godetia
Clarkia amoena

Family: Onagraceae (on-uh-GRAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Clarkia (KLAR-kee-uh) (Info)
Species: amoena (am-oh-EN-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Godetia amoena
Synonym:Godetia grandiflora

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive degger On Jun 6, 2012, degger from Huntington Beach, CA wrote:

My "Aurora" provides beautiful creamy salmom-pink flowers that are very long-lasting.

Positive Oberon46 On Aug 28, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

I grew these from seed in my garage under grow lights. Planted them in April, out they went into the yard around the third week in May, and they went nuts covered with flowers in late July. Formed huge bushes with woody stems, around 20" tall and the same diameter. They seem to need help staying upright, but other than that, they have filled my garden with vibrant color when other things are fading. Full sun, average water and soil.

Neutral jwilfing On Jan 26, 2010, jwilfing from Springfield, OH wrote:

Beautiful flowers; the only problem I had was that the Japanese beetles liked them better than anything else in my garden - even my roses. Once I realized they were being eaten up I sprayed them religously and they did recover.

Positive croclover On Jun 20, 2006, croclover from Lake Forest, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Lovely flowers, but you must be patient while waiting for them to bloom! I sowed these in late Jan and they didn't geminate until March or so, then they grew and grew and had buds on them that looked like they were about to bloom any day. Mine finally bloomed around June 6th, during a heat wave, and they're the dominant wildflower at the moment.

Interesting, perhaps unique...I have one solitary plant that has absolutely pure white blooms. The rest are the standard swirled pinks and hot pinks.

Positive Scorpioangel On Sep 13, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

What a lovely flower in so many different shades of pink. Long lasting bloom time, if the deer don't munch on the flower buds. So drought tolerant that I use it as part of my dryland area. Self seeds every year. Does not transplant very well even when very small.

Positive 22skadoo On May 1, 2004, 22skadoo from San Luis Obispo, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant is one of the showiest California natives and very drought tolerant. I was amazed at the display and it was long lasting through late spring and early summer. About 18 inches high and a 2 inch flower. No pest and disease resistant. Needs a sunny location. My soil is mostly clay with some compost added. Almost every seed I scattered about, germinated. Planted them again this year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
Clayton, California
Concord, California
Fortuna, California
Huntington Beach, California
Lake Forest, California
Merced, California
Novato, California
Perris, California
Pleasant Hill, California
Sacramento, California
San Leandro, California
San Luis Obispo, California
Santa Maria, California
Lewiston, Idaho
Saint Charles, Illinois
Carson City, Nevada
Red Oak, North Carolina
Springfield, Ohio
Astoria, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Ocean Park, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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