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Giliastrum acerosum (Bluebowls)
Muller, Thomas L.

Giliastrum acerosum

Giliastrum acerosum (A. Gray) Rydb.

Bluebowls, Prickleleaf Gilia

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Gilia acerosa, Gilia rigidula ssp. acerosa, Gilia rigidula var. acerosa, Giliastrum rigidulum ssp. acerosum

USDA Symbol: GIAC4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This is not more than 4 inches high and has almost no leaves, with a blossom just over 1 inch across. The flower has 5 petals and is deep blue with a cream-colored center. The petals are united at the base to form a short tube, with lobes 1/3-5/8 inch long. There are 5 stamens and 1 pistil. Under more favorable conditions it grows up to 12 inches tall and has finely dissected leaves (248).


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Subshrub

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: Apr


USA: AZ , CO , KS , NM , OK , TX


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-10-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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