Plants of Limited Distribution in California

More than 70 species and subspecies of Clarkia are found in California with 20 of these growing in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area alone.  Clarkias are named after Captain William Clark of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  You’ve probably seen these pink, rose, purple, and occasionally white flowers in many different habitats in the Parks.  Our rare representative, Clarkia concinna ssp. automixa, Santa Clara Red Ribbons, hides in the shaded woodlands of Steven’s Creek Park.  The term red ribbons comes from the turned-back reddish-pink sepals that resemble loops of silk ribbons.  Each of the four petals have a skinny neck that flares into three lobes.

Image of a Santa Clara Red Ribbon flower

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