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CLARKIA amoena ssp. lindleyi
Herald-of-summer, Lindley's Farewell-to-Spring, Lindley's Satin Flower
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A fast-growing annual wildflower, the Lindley's farewell-to-spring produces red-spotted, pinkish lavender flowers during summer. It may also be called Lindley's herald-of-summer. This subspecies is native to British Columbia's Vancouver Island southward to southern Oregon, mainly west of the Cascade Mountains.
This wildflower can be quite variable in mature height as well as if a plant freely branches. The stems carry lance-shaped gray-green leaves. Upright flower buds open to cup-shaped, flaring blossoms. They are pink to lavender with a large crimson spot in the center of each flower petal. These satiny flowers occur in sparse clusters on stem tips. Seed capsules do not curve, which helps differentiate this subspecies from others. Seeds are scattered to the soil below, and germinate either in autumn to overwinter or sprout the next spring.
Grow Lindley's farewell-to-spring in full sun to dappled shade. In hotter climates, shade is required in the afternoon. This annual does not transplant well, so sow seeds where plants are to grow the entire season. Scatter seeds in a well-drained sand or sandy loam that is not overly fertile. Rich soils promote leafy growth at the expense of flowering. Keep the soil evenly moist as the plants grow, but once flower buds are seen, conditions can become much drier. Farewell-to-spring falters in hot, humid conditions. However, in subtropical regions, sow seeds of this cool-season flower in fall to grow and bloom across the frost-free winter and early spring. Use this pretty annual in flower borders, meadows, among perennials or strictly for use as a cut flower.
7 - 1
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
4"-33" / 10.2cm - 83.8cm
8"-16" / 20.3cm - 40.6cm
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
United States, Northwestern United States, Canada
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Light Pink, Crimson, Lavender
Light Green, Blue Green
Light Green, Gray Green
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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