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CLARKIA bottae

Image of Clarkia bottae

National Park Service, Wikimedia Commons Contributor

Family

Onagraceae

Botanical Name

CLARKIA bottae

Plant Common Name

Botta's Clarkia, Punch Bowl Godetia

General Description

One of California's prettiest wildflowers, the punch bowl godetia produces cup-shaped lilac-pink flowers that look like tulips before they fully open. This adaptable annual is native to the mountains of Southern California where it is most commonly found in Monterrey County's forests. It can also be found in chaparral and coastal scrub habitats.

Punch bowl godetia is a wispy, tall annual with very fine foliage. The stems could be described as upright, but they are so fine they readily topple over to create an open, more spreading plant. The leaves are small, thin, and gray-green. The large four-petaled flowers bloom for a short period in late spring to early summer. The petals look papery and come in shades of lavender and lilac pink. The petal bases fade to white, and sometime specks of red or purple litter the cup-like centers of the blossoms. Insects are the chief pollinators but hummingbirds may visit the blooms, too. By midsummer the plants fade away but not before their seed capsules rupture and spread their seeds to the ground. They may sprout in either autumn or early spring.

Grow the punch bowl godetia in full to bright dappled sun in any well-drained soil. It is arguably the least demanding and easiest Clarkia species to grow as it tolerates clay-rich soils, alkaline soils, salt, wind and drought. Sow seeds where they are to grow since plants do not transplant well. Infertile soils are best, as rich encourage more foliage at the expense of flowers. Plant punch bowl godetia in the rock garden, meadow or in clay pots. The flowers look large and grand against the otherwise unassuming plant.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    10"-15" / 25.4cm - 38.1cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    United States, California

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Spreading

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink, Lavender

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes