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?
In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.