Common Names: Clarkia, Godetia, Satin Flower, Farewell-to-Spring
Botanical names: Clarkia, (KLARK-ee-ah)
Availability: May through August
Vase life: 5 to 7 days
Storage temperatures: 50 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: Multi-petaled, funnel-shaped flowers.
Color: Very wide variety of colors and bi-colors
Botanical facts: Named after Captain William Clark (1770-1838).
Design notes: Good mass flower. Can also be used as a filler flower.
Purchasing hints: Purchase when buds are closed, but at least 1/4 of the buds are showing color.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
Additional notes: Godetia, (goh-DEE-she-ah) comprises a subgenus of Clarkia. Cold temperatures can cause Godetia blossoms to turn bluish or transparent.