Diamond clarkia is a stunning annual wildflower that is known by numerous common names, including rhomboid clarkia, farewell-to-spring, forest clarkia or tongue clarkia. Depending on elevation, diamond clarkia blooms from April to June. Native to the western United States, diamond clarkia is found in a variety of habitat types and at varying elevations. It is most often found on the edges, in the understory, or within sunny openings in forest or woodland habitat. The flower has four bright-pink, magenta, or lavender petals that are sometimes speckled with darker shades. As the common name implies, diamond clarkia’s petals are diamond shaped or spoon shaped. Most often growing less than 1′ tall, diamond clarkia may occasionally reach up to 3′ tall, especially following wildfire. Diamond clarkia is used by many species of pollinators, including bees and butterflies.
Clarkia rhomboidea seed packets contain 1/8 teaspoon of seed.
Seed Germination Instructions
No pretreatment required. May germinate with fall rain or in early spring. Sow outside in fall. Sow at a shallow depth or surface sow.