(Named for Philipp Salvador Gil, Spanish botanist)
The Gilias are related to Phlox and, like them, have funnel or salver form flowers.
Gilia capitata, Globe Gilia, is a blue sort with flowers in dense heads a half-inch across. The plants grow 18 inches tall and have finely cut foliage.
Gilia coronopifolia (rubra), the Texasplume, grows 4 feet tall, has scarlet, pink and white Phlox-like flowers borne in a long, narrow cluster. Biennial treated as an annual.
Gilia tricolor, the Birdseye Gilia, grows 18 inches tall and has violet, lilac or rosy flowers with dark purple throats and yellowish tubes.
Where to Plant. Both Gilia tricolor and G. capitata are splendid rockery plants; making a limited growth, they do not overpower other plants.
GENERAL. Gilia capitala stands hot weather better than other sorts. It is well to sow the seeds in boxes in early April, except for G. coronopifolia, which is truly a biennial and should be started in a greenhouse in January and planted in pots until it can be set in the open soil in May
Originally posted 2015-07-27 04:03:31.