Godetia is a late spring-blooming annual flower. It is native to western North America, from British Colombia down to California. Many people consider this easy-to-grow flower as a wildflower. The short annual Godetias have grey-green foliage and belong at the front of the flowerbed. Also, they grow well in rock gardens and flower pots on your patio or deck. We hope this guide on “How to Grow Godetia Flowers” will encourage you to start growing them in your yard.
The plant grows quickly. It blooms in the spring, in just 30 to 60 days. It produces attractive, Azalea-like blooms.
Godetia was name after Swiss botanist Charles H. Godet.
Flowers Bloom: Late Spring to Early Summer.
Flower Colors: Lilac, pink, red, rose, salmon, white and bi-colors.
Plant Height: Godetia plant grows 12″ – 30″, depending upon variety.
Other Names: Farewell to Spring
Annual, Clarkia Amoena
Godetia Plants are grown from seeds. Godetia seeds can be directly seeded into your flower garden or started indoors four to six weeks before the last frost date in your area. Sow Godetia seeds early in the season. Then, cover them lightly with 1/8″ of fine garden or potting soil.
Water the seeds lightly. Note: a heavy rainfall can wash the small seeds too deeply into the soil.
The ideal plant spacing is 16″ -20″. Godetia plants do not like to be crowded.
Days to Germination: 7 – 14 days.
Grow Godetia in full sun. Plants need lots of sun, or they will grow slowly. They grow well in average to rich soil. Mix in compost when planting. Keep the soil moist, not wet. Add a general-purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Godetia flowers are easy to grow. As wildflowers, they require little care. In the home garden, mulch around them to help retain soil moisture, and to keep the weeds down.
Flowers bloom early to mid-summer.
The stems are not very strong. Taller varieties may require staking.
Godetia plants are good re-seeders. Plant them where they can drop their seeds and grow undisturbed for years. If you allow them to reseed in a location, you will likely need to thin new plants in the spring.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.5.
Godetia flowers seldom have insect or disease problems. Use insecticides, repellents, and fungicides, as needed.