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Gilia capitata Sims
Blue gilia, Blue-head gily-flower, Bluehead gilia, Globe gilia
USDA Symbol: GICA5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Blue-head gily-flower or globe gilia is a tall, slender annual with neat, powder-blue flowerballs on 1-2 ft. stalks and finely divided leaves.
Globe Gilia is a member of the phlox family (family Polemoniaceae) which includes mainly leafy herbs, rarely small shrubs, commonly with showy flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AK , CA , HI , ID , IL , NY , OH , OR , UT , VT , WA Native Distribution:
Coast Ranges from Marin Co., CA, n. to B.C. & ID; naturalized locally in Santa Cruz Mts. Native Habitat:
Open, dry slopes & chaparral banks below 6000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), HI(I), CAN(I)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Globe gilia self-sows readily and is a common component of wildflower seed mixes.
PropagationDescription: Seeds may be sown from autumn to early spring, but germination is better when planted with autumn rains.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary, although two seeks stratification improves germination.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff