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Ruby Chalice Clarkia
Clarkia rubicunda
  
About Ruby Chalice Clarkia (Clarkia rubicunda) 10 Nurseries Carry This Plant Clarkia rubicunda is a flowering plant endemic to California. It is found mostly in the central part of the state. The plant is known by the common names ruby chalice clarkia and farewell to spring. It is similar in appearance to another flower of genus Clarkia also called farewell to spring. It bears attractive poppy-like blooms with wide, cup-shaped corollas of four pink or purplish petals. The corolla of the flower sometimes has a bright red center. As the common name suggests, it blooms in June and July.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
2.5 ft tall
2.5 ft wide

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Fast

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Red, Purple

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Native bees and butterflies

 
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Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Very Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 1x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 15° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Fast, Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Adaptable

Common uses
Common uses
Deer Resistant, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Companion Plants
Companion Plants
Consider other sun-loving plants of Central California, such as small succulents (Dudleya spp.) or Purple Needlegrass (Stipa pulchra) and plant with other vibrant wildflowers such as Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla) to create a colorful garden.

Maintenance
Maintenance
Generally snail and slug resistant.

Propagation
Propagation?
Collect seeds by allowing pods to dry on plant.

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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Openings, woodland, forest, chaparral near coast

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 17.7" - 75.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.19" - 1.75", Coldest Month: 43.7" - 51.1", Hottest Month: 60.4" - 73.6", Humidity: 0.46" - 21.24", Elevation: 1" - 2669"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Farewell To Spring


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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