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Gunsight Clarkia
Clarkia xantiana
About Gunsight Clarkia (Clarkia xantiana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Clarkia xantiana is a species of flowering plant in the evening primrose family known by the common name gunsight clarkia. It is endemic to California, where it is known from the southern Sierra Nevada and its foothills and the adjacent Transverse Ranges. This is an erect annual herb with linear to lance-shaped leaves each up to 6 centimeters long. The inflorescence produces opening flowers and closed buds. The sepals stay fused as the petals bloom from one side. Each petal is up to 2 centimeters long and generally light to medium purple in color, sometimes with a dark, ringed spot on the petals of the upper whorl. The petal has a narrow claw and a wider blade which has two lobes at the tip with a small tooth between.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

2.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color

Wildlife Supported


Landscaping Information
Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 4.1" - 43.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.26" - 2.03", Coldest Month: 32.3" - 49.8", Hottest Month: 52.4" - 79.9", Humidity: 2.19" - 32.96", Elevation: 785" - 8966"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Gunsight Fairyfan

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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