(Clarkia amoena- Onagraceae)
Other common names: summer’s darling, herald-of-summer, atlas flower, lovely farewellto-spring, Rocky Mountain garland flower, godetia, satin flower, red ribbons, fairy fans
Kingdom: Plantae – Plants
Division: Tracheophyta – vascular plants, tracheophytes
Species: C. amoena
Farewell-to-spring is an easy-to-grow, early-blooming annual. Growing from erect stems, it has thin, green leaves and bright pink flowers and is a colorful addition to gardens and wildflower meadows. Found primarily in coastal regions of the West, it grows quickly and is visited by a variety of pollinator species. It serves as more than just a pollen and nectar source. Leafcutter bees cut pieces of the flowers to use as nesting substrate.
Learn more about Farewell-to-Spring and 9 other species you can grow to support wild bees in Oregon with OSU Extension Service’s “Native Plant Picks for Bees”.
More information on Clarkia amoena can be found on the NRCS-USDA Forest Service site here.