E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Clarkia amoena (Lehm.) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
farewell-to-spring (farewell to spring; godetia)
Onagraceae (Evening Primrose family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Distribution of Clarkia amoena
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Species Information

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Annual herb from a stout or slender taproot; stems spreading to erect, 10-100 cm tall, simple to freely branched, minutely hairy.
Alternate, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2-7 cm long, mostly 2-6 mm wide; unstalked or stalks less than 3 mm long.
Inflorescence dense, axis straight when in bud, buds usually erect; hypanthium 2-10 mm long; corollas bowl-shaped, tending to close at night; petals pink to rose-purple, red-spotted or -marked near centre, egg- to fan-shaped, not clawed, 1-4 cm long; sepals usually joined and turned to one side, sometimes partially free; stamens 8, anthers glabrous or slightly hairy, all alike; stigmas 1-6 mm long, linear to oval, yellow; styles usually exceeding stamens.
Capsules, linear to somewhat club-shaped, (1) 1.5-4.5 cm long, straight to curved, beakless or with a beak several mm long, 4-grooved when young, later cylindric and 8-ribbed.
Two sympatric varieties occur in BC:

1. Stigmatic lobes oval, usually not over 2 mm long; petals usually less than 2 cm long................ var. caurina (Abrams) C.L. Hitchc.

1. Stigmatic lobes linear, usually over 2 mm long; petals usually greater than 2 cm long............... var. lindleyi (Dougl.) C.L. Hitchc.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry grassy areas in the lowland zone; infrequent on S Vancouver Island and the adjacent Gulf Islands; S to CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Clarkia amoena

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

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Value / Class




Elevation (metres)
Slope Gradient (%) 15 54 210
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
90 177 280
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
1 1 2
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in:


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

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