Onagraceae
Clarkia pulchella

Ragged Robin

Erect, unbranched to widely branched, hairy stem, many leaves. Leaves linear to spoon-shaped, with pointed tips, entire or slightly toothed, 1–3 in. long; upper leaves about same size as below. Flowers dense in short spike with nodding buds. Petals pink to rose, with lighter veins, divided into 3 lobes, the central one wider, base of petal long and narrow. Grows in rocky sandy places at mid to high elevations. Blooms in abundance with plentiful rainfall. The shape of the petal reflects the common name. Pulchella is Latin and means "beautiful."

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 6--18 inches
  • Habitat: Shrub-Steppe, East-Side Forest
  • Found In: Great Basin
  • Native: Yes