Herbs & Plants

Clarkia biloba

Botanical Name: Clarkia biloba
Family: Onagraceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Myrtales
Genus: Clarkia
Species: C. biloba

Synonyms : Godetia biloba. Dur.

Common Names: Twolobe clarkia, Two lobed clarkia,Mariposa clarkia, Brandegee’s clarkia

Habitat: Clarkia biloba is native to South-western N. America. It grows on Open places below 1200 metres in California.

Clarkia biloba is an annual herb producing an erect stem approaching 1 metre (3.3 ft) in maximum height. The leaves are linear to lance-shaped and up to 6 centimeters long. Each is borne on a short petiole.

The top of the erect stem is occupied by the inflorescence, which bears hanging buds above open flowers. The pink or red-purple sepals remain fused as the petals spread and emerge from one side of the bud. The petals are up to 2.5 centimeters long and pink to lavender to magenta, sometimes flecked with red. Each petal has a two-lobed tip. There are 8 stamens, some with large lavender anthers and some with smaller, paler anthers. The stigma protrudes past the stamens.

The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).


Cultivation: Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Propagation: Through seeds.

Medicinal Uses: Ophthalmic.

Other Uses: Very nice to grow in flowering garden.

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