Clarkia amoena or Atlasflower is a small shrub about 2-5 feet tall which adds a nice texture to any garden. The plant loves full sun to semi-shade but will also tolerate some shade. It requires moderate water to keep its soil moist but not wet. This tiny flowering powerhouse blooms from late spring to early fall and is quite tolerant of heat and drought. Clarkia amoena has clusters of fan-shaped flowers at the end of the branch tips that come in pink, white, off-white, and red/crimson/vinous shades. It has a truly stunning profusion of blooms that make it a popular choice for landscaping.
This showy plant not only provides spectacular blooming but also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds which further enhance your outdoor spaces. Clarkia amoena is hardy in USDA Zones 9-11, so in colder regions it needs to be grown in a container that can be brought indoors during winter. To start from seed, sow the seed directly into the ground. Make sure to keep the soil evenly moist, using a light liquid fertilizer every few weeks. Pinching off the tips of the stems will help to encourage branching and heavier blooming. This graceful shrub is a delightful choice for any gardener looking to add some beauty to their outdoor space.