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Clarkia purpurea
purple godetia

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades crest and along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington; southwestern British Columbia to California.

Habitat: Dry, open ground and grasslands, often at the edge of vernal pools.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Subglabrous annual, usually simple below and branched above, less often branched from the base, the stems 1-6 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, entire, subsessile, 2-4 cm. long and 3-15 mm. wide.


Inflorescence of leafy-bracted spikes, the bracts nearly concealing the flowers; calyx tube 4-7 mm. long, the 4 lobes reflexed; petals 4, 5-20 mm. long, obovate, rounded at the top and wedge-shaped at the base, crimson to purple, often spotted; stamens 8; stigma with 4 oval, purplish lobes 1 mm. long; ovary inferior, 4-celled.


Capsule 15-25 mm. long and 3-5 mm. thick, sessile, bulged near the center, 8-ribbed, terete.

Accepted Name:
Clarkia purpurea (W. Curtis) A. Nelson & J.F. Macbr.
Publication: Bot. Gaz. 65(1): 64 1918.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Clarkia purpurea in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database

WA Flora Checklist: Clarkia purpurea checklist entry

OregonFlora: Clarkia purpurea information

E-Flora BC: Clarkia purpurea atlas page

CalPhotos: Clarkia purpurea photos

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