Clarkia amoena

Clarkia amoena

''Clarkia amoena'' is a flowering plant native to western North America, found in coastal hills and mountains from British Columbia south to the San Francisco Bay Area.

It is an annual plant growing to 1 m tall, with slender, linear leaves 2–7 cm long and 2–6 mm broad. The flowers are pink to pale purple, with four broad petals 1.5–6 cm long. The fruit is a dry capsule, which splits open when mature to release the numerous seeds.

Three subspecies are currently recognised, though intermediate forms are commonly found:
*''Clarkia amoena'' subsp. ''amoena''
*''Clarkia amoena'' subsp. ''huntiana''
*''Clarkia amoena'' subsp. ''whitneyi''

Farewell to spring is commonly cultivated as a garden plant, and cultivated varieties are known.
Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderMyrtales
FamilyOnagraceae
GenusClarkia
SpeciesC. amoena