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Blue-head Gily-flower Gilia capitata

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Description

Globe Gilia is an easy to grow reliable annual with showy globe-shaped light blue flowers that last from May-July.  It withstands many soil types including dry, rocky or sandy soils and partial shade though it prefers to be planted in full sun in well-drained soils.  It propagates easily by seeds. This is an excellent pollinator plant attracting bees and butterflies. 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gilia
    Species:
    capitata
    Family:
    Polemoniaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Alaska south to western U.S.A
    Wildlife Value:
    A nectar source for honey bees and sweat bees and Propertius duskywing butterfly (Erynnis propertius), and various skipper butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Wildflower
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Dome
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny light blue flowers with five petals and prominent stamens appear in puffball clusters 1" across May and can last until July long after many other spring blooming plants have finished.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Compound (Pinnately , Bipinnately, Palmately)
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Gray green leaves are attractive and fernlike.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Tall strong stems have flowers on the end.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees