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Clarkia unguiculata 'Sybil Sherwood'

Godetia

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Salmon

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (25708)

Plant details

Once there were two distinct hardy annuals, clarkia and godetia, and although they looked very similar, gardeners could tell the difference and grew both. Now they have merged: they are all botanically called clarkia and the common name is godetia. This particular plant is the old Godetia grandiflora, a great favourite in Victorian times as a potplant as well as for planting in borders. The large, single flowers in rich salmon pink with white edges, are extravagantly frilled and nearly 5cm (2in) across. Sow in autumn for early flowers, and in spring and summer for succession.

Family: Onagraceae

Genus: Clarkia

Species: unguiculata

Cultivar: Sybil Sherwood

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Salmon

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 23cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May


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