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Clarkia 'Orange'
Seed Packet

Clarkia 'Orange'

Clarkia unguiculata elegans
Elegant clarkia blooms in early summer with deep coral rosettes carried by decorative wine-red stems. The semi-double to double flowers open in succession from the bottom of the stems to the top and are long-blooming during early summer. Summer's unrelenting heat signals them to bid farewell just in time for a second sowing of calendula, cornflowers, and sweet alyssum to take their place.
SKU #S1941
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Approximate Seeds Per Packet
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
2-3' h x 1' w
Full sun to partial shade
Regular, well-drained
Spring to summer
Deep salmon orange with burgundy stems.
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Barely cover. Press lightly into soil.
Sprout Time:
7-14 days
Seed To Bloom:
12 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow in pots 10 weeks before last frost date, setting out in spring when soil is still cool. Keep at 65-70F until germination is complete, then grow on cool with 50F nights.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow in early spring or fall in mild winter areas (zones 8-10).
This long-loved California native flower is known by many affectionate names such as elegant fairyfan, mountain garland, and elegant clarkia. It thrives under cool spring conditions; most flowering is over by mid to end of July or when the heat of summer intrudes. Grow in cutting gardens and sow drifts with California poppy, globe gilia, and baby blue eyes for springtime borders in very well-drained soils. Cut for bouquets, which are notably long-lasting in a vase and can be dried.
Final Spacing:
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
Water regularly until established, then only during dry spells.
Soil pH:
Slightly acid to slightly alkaline
If soil is poor, mix in a few inches of compost prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
Root rots can develop if planted into poorly drained soils or there is an excess of rain.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when lower blooms start to open. Flowering proceeds up the stem.