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Speckled Clarkia
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Clarkia cylindrica

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About Speckled Clarkia (Clarkia cylindrica) Clarkia cylindrica is species of flowering plant in the evening primrose family known by the common name speckled fairyfan, or speckled clarkia. It is endemic to California, where it grows in the chaparral, woodlands and grassland of the coastal mountain ranges and Sierra Nevada foothills. This is an annual herb producing an erect stem to around half a meter in maximum height. Leaves are mainly linear in shape and up to six centimeters long. The flower cluster holds several flowers which hang heavily when they are buds and then grow erect as they open. Each open flower is a bowl of four fan-shaped petals up to about 3.5 centimeters long. The petals are intergrading shades of lavender, white, and magenta and they are often speckled with purple or pink. Beneath the petals are bright pink fused sepals. There are eight stamens with lavender anthers. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule up to 5 centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1 - 2 ft (0.3 - 0.6 m)

Flower Color
Pink, White, Lavender

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Open grassy places,

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
113' - 11310'

Annual Precip. ?
6.0" - 54.5"

Summer Precip. ?
0.14" - 1.98"

Coldest Month ?
24.6° F - 54.2° F

Hottest Month ?
45.5° F - 83.4° F

Humidity ?
0.68 vpd - 33.54 vpd

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Speckled Fairyfan

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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