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Clarkia breweri

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About Fairy Fans (Clarkia breweri) Clarkia breweri is a species of wildflower known by the common names fairy fans and Brewer's clarkia. This rare plant is endemic to California, where it is known from only seven counties in the central part of the state. It produces produces short stems under 20 centimeters in height and sparse, narrow leaves. The distinctive flowers have four pink to lavender petals, each about 2 centimeters long and wide, with 3 odd lobes, the middle lobe being long and spoon-shaped. This flower occurs in the chaparral plant community or in woodlands.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
8.4 in (21.3 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, Lavender

Flowering Season

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Open places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
139' - 4712'

Annual Precip. ?
9.8" - 51.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.17" - 0.76"

Coldest Month ?
40.8° F - 50.7° F

Hottest Month ?
63.0° F - 76.6° F

Humidity ?
0.95 vpd - 24.77 vpd

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

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Brewer'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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