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Gilia achilleifolia

Gilia achilleifolia Benth.

California Gilia, California Gily-flower, Showy Gilia

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s):

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
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

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

Distribution

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.

Propagation

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

Metadata

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

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