Clarkia tenella ex red form [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: It’s hard to find information on the best way to start seeds of this uncommon species, but direct-sowing seems to be a good approach. I started mine by surface-sowing in the garden on March 5; they started sprouting on March 18. (Your experience will likely vary.) I suspect that winter sowing (in a milk jug) would be another good option.

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Native to Chile and Argentina, this uncommon species is the only clarkia that’s not a US native. It usually produces lavender-purple flowers but may instead be deep red, which is what these seeds are likely to produce. The cupped, four-petaled flowers bloom on slender, somewhat sprawling stems that reach about 12 inches tall. My plants flowered best in late spring and early summer, gradually declining through midsummer.  This species is something pretty and different for early color in a sunny, dryish spot. It’s apparently perennial in Zones 8 to 11, but you can grow it as an annual anywhere.

Collected in early August 2022. At least 20 seeds.

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