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MOUNTAIN GARLAND

 

 

Amid the empty
heads of wild oats, Clarkia
paints hillsides purple—

long-stemmed families
reseeding new ground, waiting
for late rains in May.

 

ELEGANT CLARKIA

 

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Not ready long, they reach
for attention, beg to be seen
within the tall dry grass:

pink pulses clinging to the stem
like winged fairies resting might
if you let yourself believe.

 

 
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Elegant Clarkia—Clarkia unguiculata

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Also known as Mountain Garland, Clarkia unguiculata is endemic to California, and in tribute to William Clark of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, one of many species that bears his name. Judging by its widespread distribution on the ranch this spring where I’ve never seen it before, I am assuming that it enjoys these dry times. Usually found on partially shaded road cuts, in soil that was disturbed years ago, it blooms on long stems 3-4′ feet high, generally in groups or colonies of a dozen plants or more. On a year where the diversity of wildflowers and the size of their blooms has been severely impacted, it’s good to see them flourishing. A wildflower that is easily overlooked until closer inspection.