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Farewell To Spring
Clarkia amoena

About Farewell To Spring (Clarkia amoena) Clarkia amoena (Farewell to Spring or Godetia; syn. Godetia amoena) is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area. The common name derives from its bloom time of late spring to summer. It is an annual plant growing to 1 meter tall, with slender, linear leaves 2-7 centimeter long and 2-6 millimeter broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5-6 centimeter long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Annual herb

Max. Height
1.5 - 3.3 ft (0.46 - 1 m)

Growth Rate

Flower Color
Lavender, Pink, Purple, Red

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Found in various settings in northern California including coastal prairie, northern coastal scrub, spring-moist areas, openings in evergreen forest or oak woodlands, and grasslands


Elevation ?
2' - 6017'

Annual Precip. ?
12.8" - 115.2"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 3.29"

Coldest Month ?
37.2° F - 53.7° F

Hottest Month ?
57.6° F - 78.3° F

Humidity ?
0.01 vpd - 24.43 vpd

Soil Description
Tolerates both sandy and clay soils

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Saline Soil, Tolerates Sodic Soil

Fast, Medium, Slow

Companion Plants
Mixes well with other annuals, especially blues such as Lupinus species, Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata); Yellows/oranges/golds such as Tidy Tips (Layia playgloss), Western Wallflower (Erysimum capitatum) and California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). Also good with perennial herbs such as Western Columbine (Aquiligia formosa), Phacelia species, and bulbs/corms such as Calochortus species.

Wildlife Attracted
Bees, butterflies

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Moderately Popular

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Propagation ?
Seed germinates readily. Best is sowed in masses or drifts

Common uses
Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Farewell-to-spring, Godetia

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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