GILIA capitata (Globe Gilia) is an annual flowering plant native to western North America. It belongs to the Polemoniaceae family and is known for its spherical clusters of colorful flowers.
Globe Gilia is a compact annual plant that typically grows to a height of 8 to 24 inches (20 to 60 cm). It has slender, branching stems with small, lance-shaped leaves. The plant produces round or slightly elongated flower clusters at the top of the stems, giving it a globe-like appearance.
The flowers of Gilia capitata are the main attraction. Each flower cluster contains numerous small, tubular flowers that are usually blue, but can also be lavender, purple, or white. The clusters can measure about 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and are densely packed with flowers, creating a vibrant and showy display. Globe Gilia blooms from late spring to summer, depending on the specific growing conditions and climate. The flowering period can vary, but it generally produces flowers abundantly during this time.
Gilia capitata thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-drained soil and is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or rocky soils. This plant is known for its ability to tolerate dry conditions once established, making it suitable for xeriscaping or water-wise gardening. It is generally hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures.
Wildlife attraction: The nectar-rich flowers of Globe Gilia attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. They provide a valuable food source for these insects and contribute to pollination in the surrounding area.
Maintenance: Globe Gilia is relatively low-maintenance. It self-seeds readily, so you may see new plants appearing in subsequent seasons. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding if desired. However, allowing some seed heads to mature can support the natural reseeding of the plant and create a self-sustaining population.
Globe Gilia (Gilia capitata) is an attractive annual plant that adds a burst of color to gardens, meadows, and wildflower landscapes. Its spherical flower clusters and ability to attract pollinators make it a desirable choice for those looking to create vibrant and wildlife-friendly spaces.
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Scientific Name: Gilia Capitata
Common Name: Globe Gilia, Blue Gilia
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Range: Western North America
Full Growth Height: 6-24 "
Width in Across: 8-9 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Spring (Late), Summer (Mid, Late)
Flower: Fragrant, Showy
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Flower Color: Blue Flowers with White, Blue Stamens
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Well-Drained, Sand, Loam, Chalk
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Gardening Uses: Cottage Gardens, Beds, Borders, Prairies, Meadows, Gravel and Rock Gardens