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Gilia tricolor Benth.
Bird's-eye gilia, Bird's-eyes
USDA Symbol: GITR2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Birdís-eyes, a much-branched, foot-tall annual, has pinnately dissected leaves and showy flowers. The 1/2 in., light-blue or violet flowers are set off by powder-blue stamens, a yellow throat, and a dark-purple ring atop the throat. The plant has a musky fragrance.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
CA , MA Native Distribution:
CA Coast Ranges from San Benito to Humboldt Cos., Central Valley from Tulare to Tehama Cos. & n. Sierran foothills Native Habitat:
Open, grassy plains and slopes below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various soils.
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 treatment necessary.
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: 2009-06-11
Research By: TWC Staff