Clarkia amoena

ONAGRACEAE, The Evening Primrose family

It’s a nice surprise: the clover field next to my garden plot has suddenly burst into color. The field is so alluring with all those bright flowers, but I refrain from running through it and rolling about, for it is the province of little doggies. The half-full crowd calls this plant Summer’s Darling or Herald-of-Summer, but however you look at it, Clarkia is a surprisingly showy native plant. Each delicate 1 1/2 inch long petal has a dark pink spot it the center. It’s named for Captain William Clark, of the Lewis and Clark expedition.

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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