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Gilia achilleifolia

Gilia achilleifolia Benth.

California Gilia, California Gily-flower, Showy Gilia

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)


USDA Symbol: GIAC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (W)

An erect annual with blue-purple flower heads on 1-1 1/2 ft. stalks. Lower leaves are mostly bipinnate, becoming reduced upward. Flowers are funnel-shaped and occur in dense clusters.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun


USA: AK , AZ , CA , MA , ME , NY , WI
Native Distribution: Coast Ranges from n. Santa Barbara Co. to Marin & Contra Costa Cos.
Native Habitat: Open places below 4000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Loose soils.
Conditions Comments: A strong reseeder and vigorous grower.

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.


Description: 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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Gilia achilleifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gilia achilleifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gilia achilleifolia


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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