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Clarkia bottae

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About Punch Bowl Godetia (Clarkia bottae) Clarkia bottae is a species of annual wildflower in the Onagraceae (Primrose) family. It is know by several common names, including punchbowl godetia, Botta's Clarkia, Botta's Fairyfan, and Hill Clarkia. Other Clarkias are known as Farewell-to-Spring, and some sources may apply that name to this species as well. This plant is endemic to the coastal plains, foothills and mountains, usually below 3,000 ft., from Santa Clara County to San Diego County, where it is a member of several plant communities. It produces spindly, waxy stems which may approach a meter in height but more often less, and sparse narrow leaves. The flower is a bowl shaped bloom with lavender or pinkish-purple petals, often lighter in color toward the base and speckled with red, each 1 to 3 centimeters long. The stigma protrudes from the corolla and is surrounded by shorter stamens. It is readily grown from seed and reliably re-seeds as long as it is not crowded out.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
3.3 ft (1 m)

Max. Width
.5 ft (0.2 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple, Lavender, Red

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places in grasslands and meadow-like areas, sometimes in openings between larger shrubs

Part Shade, Sun

Elevation ?
13' - 6109'

Annual Precip. ?
7.6" - 53.9"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 1.53"

Coldest Month ?
35.2° F - 55.2° F

Hottest Month ?
58.4° F - 80.3° F

Humidity ?
0.77 vpd - 27.49 vpd

Soil Description

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Saline Soil, Tolerates Sodic Soil

Fast, Medium, Slow

Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to -5° F

Sunset Zones ?
6, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
Use with native grasses, other annuals and herbaceous perennials such as Mariposa Lily (Calochortus sp.), Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta), Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla), Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Tricolor Gilia (Gilia tricolor), Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa), Lupine (Lupinus sp.), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Wind Poppy (Papaver heterphyllum), and Penstemon sp.

Wildlife Attracted
Butterflies and other insects are attracted to the flowers

Landscaping Information
Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
1x/month, 2x/month
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Propagation ?
By seed

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Sometimes Available

Other Names
Common Names
Punchbowl Godetia, Botta's Fairyfan, Botta's Clarkia

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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