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Giliastrum rigidulum (Benth.) Rydb.
Bluebowls, Blue gilia
Synonym(s): Gilia rigidula, Gilia rigidula ssp. rigidula
USDA Symbol: GIRI3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A low, often tufted plant with violet-blue flowers borne singly or few in a loose cluster near dense, rigid, prickly, divided leaves often hidden by flowers.
The violet-blue flower with the bright yellow center is unique. The eye serves to guide insects to the nectar.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Subshrub Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, TX Native Distribution:
Eastern Arizona east to western Texas and north to southeastern Colorado and western Kansas; also in northern Mexico. Native Habitat:
Found in dry, rocky caliche soils mostly in South and West Texas.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Conditions Comments: Small mounding plant with flowers resembling Persian Violet, but deeper blue. Likes caliche soil.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0205
Collected Apr 7, 1992 in Comal County by Mary Beth WhiteNPSOT 0508
Collected Apr 11, 1992 in Kendall County by Lottie Millsaps
Record Last Modified: 2009-02-19
Research By: TWC Staff