Origin Of Genus Name: Clarkia is named after Captain William Clark, co-leader and botanist of the Lewis and Clark party.
Presidio Locations: Found on serpentine bluffs and serpentine grasslands in open sunlit areas.
Range In State: Grows only in the Presidio and in the East Bay hills.The Presidio is the type locality for this species.
Description: This rare and endangered, native annual species has leaves that are widest at the base and taper off into a narrow tip. The petals of the flowers are wedge shaped with lavender to pink shading. The middle of the flower is white and the base is bright reddish-purple. Blooms May to July.
Native Californian Uses: Parched, pulverized seeds of Clarkia species were known to be used for food by the Miwok.
Did You Know?
Over 60 species of bees can be found in the Presidio. This very diverse population results from ample nesting habitats in the Presidio’s soft, sandy soils, as well as a large variety of coastal scrub plants to provide nectar and pollen.