How to Grow and Care for Godetia Flower
Annual, Clarkia Amoena
Godetia is a spring blooming annual flower. It is native to western North
America, from British Colombia down to California. Many people consider this
easy to grow flower as a wildflower.
Godetia plant grows 12" - 30", depending upon variety. The plant grows quickly.
It blooms in the spring, in just 30 to 60 days. It produces Azalea-like
blooms. Colors include white, pink, purple, lavender, and red.
Godetia was name after Swiss botanist Charles H. Godet.
Other Names: Farewell to Spring
Godetia are grown from seeds. Godetia seeds can be directly seeded into your
flower garden, or started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost
date in your area. Sow seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with
1/8" of fine garden or potting soil.
Ideal plant spacing is 16" -20". Godetia plants do not like to be crowded.
How to Grow Godetia Plants:
Grow Godetia in full sun. Plants need lots for sun, or they will grow slowly.
They grow well in average to rich soil. Mix in compost when planting. Keep
the soil moist, not wet. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them,
then once a month after that.
Godetia is easy to grow. As wildflowers, they require little care. In the
home garden, mulch around them to help retain soil moisture, and to keep
the weeds down.
Flowers bloom early to mid summer. Taller varieties may require staking.
Godetia are good re-seeders. Plant them where they can drop their seeds and
grow undisturbed for years. If you allow them to reseed in a location, you
will likely need to thin new plants in the spring.
Insect and Disease:
Insect and disease are not a common problem. Use insecticides,
repellents, and fungicides, as needed.