Gilia capitata Sims
Blue gilia, Blue-head gily-flower, Bluehead gilia, Globe gilia
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
USDA Symbol: GICA5
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: 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.
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.
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Gilia capitata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gilia capitata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gilia capitata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff