The Q&A Archives: Looking For Godetia

Question: I have been buying a cut flower at a flower stand this summer for my office. Cut and in a vase of water the flowers lasted 3 weeks! The sales person told me they were called godisia.
I have not been able to find them in any garden catalogs or any info on them at all. I am wondering where to get seeds/plants and if they will grow in my garden (I do not even know if they are a perennial or an annual).
The flower is long stemmed, stem covered with elongated leaves almost weedy looking. Flowers resemble a hibiscus and I have seen them in light pink with white and a fuschia pink with light pink. Any info. is greatly appreciated. Thanx.

Answer: Godetia and Clarkia are synonymous. The plant is also called Farewell to Spring. Godetia is an annual that blooms best in cool weather, in light sandy soil. You'll find seeds of Godetia 'Rubi Mix' in the catalog from Johnny's Selected Seeds. Phone (207) 437-4301, or write to them at 1 Foss Hill Rd., Albion, Maine 04910-9731.

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