How to Grow and Care for Godetia Plants

Botanical NameClarkia amoena; formerly, Godetia amoena
Common NameSatin flower, farewell-to-spring
Plant TypeAnnual
Mature Size2 to 2.5 feet tall, with a spread of up to one foot
Sun ExposureFull sun to partial shade
Soil TypeAverage to low fertility needs, average to low moisture levels, well-drained
Soil pHNeutral
Bloom TimeJune to July
Flower ColorLavender, pink, red, salmon, or white
USDA Hardiness Zones3 to 10
Native AreaWest Coast of North America

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How to Grow Godetia

If you want to grow Godetia from seed, sow the seed indoors six to eight weeks prior to the last frost date listed for your region. You can also sow the seed directly in your flower bed when the soil can be worked in spring. Once Godetia is established in your garden, you probably will not have to sow seed for it again because the plant readily reseeds.

When your Godetia achieves some height, pinch out the center of the plant to encourage more blooms and keep the plant to a compact size.

Because Godetia can be plagued by powdery mildew, be sure to provide adequate spacing between the plants. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that can be reduced when air circulation is increased. The plant can also be affected by aphids and mites; if you see either of these pests on the leaves, spray them with neem oil.

The plants are tall enough that they might require staking, especially if you grow them singly here and one there and if your garden is subject to high winds. You can avoid having to stake them by growing the plants in groups as they will support each other.

Deer do not bother this plant, but, happily, butterflies and bees are drawn to it.

Light

Grow Godetia in full sun unless you garden in a hot climate with lots of humidity (in which case the plant can benefit from some shade).

Soil

The most important soil requirement for Godetia is good drainage.

Water

Godetia is drought-tolerant once established, but you should water the young plants during dry spells. You can also extend flower life by making sure that this annual plant is adequately watered prior to its bloom period.

Fertilizer

Occasionally work compost into the ground around the plant. This serves as sufficient fertilizing for Godetia, which is not a heavy feeder.

Origin of the Names

The common name satin flower comes from the fact that the flowers feel like crepe paper. The plant is not alone in this regard: Bougainvillea, poppy (Papaver spp.), and the aptly named crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia spp.) also have flowers with this texture. Meanwhile, the plant is also known as farewell-to-spring because it does not like hot and humid summer weather; this cool-season annual puts on most of its growth in spring.

The botanical names for the plant have even more interesting sources. Initially, the genus was called Godetia in reference to a 19th-century Swiss botanist named Charles Henry Godet. The genus name was later changed to Clarkia to honor William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. Finally, amoena, the species name, means beautiful or pleasing.

What Godetia Looks Like

Beyond their inviting texture, the flowers of Godetia have a pleasing appearance. They are scoop-shaped, with four petals, and measure two to three inches across. Each petal sometimes bears a blotch at its base, as with Oriental poppy (Papaver orientale). The leaves are sword-shaped and up to two and a half inches long. There are different cultivars, offering, among other features, different sizes and a choice between single and double flowers.

Uses for Godetia

Godetia has a number of uses. The stems are sturdy enough for cutting: Bring some indoors and arrange them in a vase. Outdoor uses include:

  • In rock gardens
  • As edging plants in flower borders
  • As container plants for decks, patios, and porches

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