Farewell-to-spring, also known as Botta's clarkia
or punchbowl godetia, is an erect, stout and mostly glabrous annual.
It grows 1-3' tall and has linear to lanceolate short-petioled
leaves which are alternate and covered with fairly sparse downy hairs.
The flowering buds are nodding, but the flower itself and the
seed capsules remain erect. The blooms are on stems in the leaf axils.
The sepals are united and deflexed to one side at the time of
flowering, and the four fan-shaped petals, pale to pink lavender, are
red-flecked and have a white blotch toward the base. There are
four long and four short stamens and a pistil with a four-part stigma
that extends beyond the anthers. The outer anthers are lavender-colored
and the inner are yellowish. The seed capsules are ± cylindrical
to quadrangular, slightly beaked and indistinctly 4-grooved, and contain
brown seeds. This attractive species prefers dryish openings in coastal
sage scrub, chaparral and oak woodland below about 3000' in the Peninsular
and Transverse Ranges. It can bloom from April to June. These
pictures were taken in the Santa Monica Mts.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Clarkia 2) bottae.
Pronunciation: KLAR-kee-a BOT-ee.
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