Gilia tricolor Benth.
Bird's-eye gilia, Bird's-eyes
Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
USDA Symbol: GITR2
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Various soils.
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 treatment necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
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 tricolor in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gilia tricolor in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gilia tricolor
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-06-11
Research By: TWC Staff