This section is from the book "The Standard Cyclopedia Of Horticulture Vol2", by L. H. Bailey. See also: Western Garden Book: More than 8,000 Plants - The Right Plants for Your Climate - Tips from Western Garden Experts.
(from the Greek for charming). Onagraceae. Pretty small annuals, one of which (E. con-cinnum) is well known in gardens.
Three Californian herbs allied to Clarkia (and often referred to it), but differing in the calyx-tube being much prolonged beyond the ovary, and the stamens 4 and opposite the sepals and not appendaged at the base; petals lobed. Cult, simple, as for Clarkia.
Fisch. & Mey. (Clarkia concinna, Greene), is a graceful garden annual, growing 1-2 ft. high, simple or very nearly so, pubescent or glabrous: leaves small, oblong, petioled, entire: flowers regular, rose-colored, nearly or quite an inch across; calyx-tube filiform, an inch or more long; filaments filiform; petals 3-lobed, the middle lobe not much exceeding the others. B.R. 1962. B.M 3589. - Of easy cultivation in any garden soil; a useful annual.
Fisch. & Mey. (Clarkia grandiflora, Greene). Differs from above in being diffusely branched from the base, corolla larger, irregular, 3 upper petals approximate and the other separate and declined, all the middle lobes long-clawed. There is a variety alba advertised.
Breweri, Gray (Clarkia Breweri, Greene. C. Sax-eana, Greene). 1-2 ft. high: leaves 1 in. or more long, lanceolate, entire, short-petioled: corolla irregular; petals broadly obcordate with the middle-lobe narrow-spatulate and much exceeding the other lobes; filaments club-shaped: has a honeysuckle fragrance. L. H. B.