Pink flower of Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia amoena). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Pink flowers of Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia amoena). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
A field of pink flowering Farewell-to-Spring (Clarkia amoena). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Farewell-to-Spring

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Clarkia amoena

As the Latin name suggests (“amoena” meaning charming or pleasing), Farewell-to-Spring is a spectacularly showy addition to native gardens and wildflower meadows. This annual wildflower boasts pink, cup-shaped flowers with long bloom times that provide pollen and nectar for native bees and butterflies after other plants have gone dormant. 

  • Plant type/canopy layer: annual herbaceous plant, herb/ground layer 
  • Size at maturity: 24"-36" tall, 12"-18" wide
  • Light requirements: full sun, part sun/part shade
  • Moisture requirements: dry to moist soil
  • Bloom time: June - August (depending on moisture availability)
  • Growth rate/ease: moderate growth rate, easy to grow
  • Wildlife support: attracts and supports honey bees, native bumblebees, mason bees, leaf-cutter bees, and butterflies
  • Native habitat/range: Common in meadows, vernal wetlands, and coastal areas from the Pacific coastline eastward into the lower Cascades, from British Columbia to California. Portland Plant List - yes. 
  • Special features & uses: pollinator gardens, attracts hummingbirds, meadowscapes 

Gardening with Farewell to Spring: This beautiful wildflower prefers fully to mostly sunny sites with well-drained soil of average fertility. Although it is an annual, it will readily reseed itself if planted in a favorable location. 

Seed Packets Contain: approx 550 seeds

Seed Sowing instructions: Can be fall or spring sown. If spring sowing, cool temperatures may enhance germination so plant seed as early as possible. Spring sown plants may be smaller in stature than fall sown when they bloom. Sowing in situ vs. pots tends to produce sturdier, more robust plants.

Stratification: very short – if any

Planting depth: surface – do not cover

Seeding rate:

  • Broadcasting: approx 60 seeds/sq ft.
  • Small pots: a small “pinch” per pot
  • Spots in situ: a small “pinch” per spot

 

Photo Credits: "Clarkia amoena" by StephanieFalzone is licensed under CC BY 2.0