Ipomopsis Rubra commonly known as ‘Gilia’. Annual wildflower producing pretty, blue puffball like flowers. This hardy, rugged wildflower does well in areas lower than 6,000 feet in elevation. Thrives on dry, open plains, and chaparral banks. Known by numerous common names ‘Blue Head Gillyflower’, Queen Anne’s Thimbles, Thimble Flower, Blue Gilia, Globe Gilia. Bloom time lasts from early in the spring until midsummer. The fragrant blooms are very attractive to beneficial wildlife. A decoction has been used as a disinfectant wash on itchy skin.
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Scientific Name: Ipomopsis Rubra
Common Name: Gilia
Plant Type: Biennial
Native Range: Western North America from Alaska to Northern Mexico
Full Growth Height: 36-72"
Spread: 2 ft
Zone: 7-10 Hardiness Zone
Exposure: Full Sunlight to light shade
Blooming Season: Spring to Mid-Summer
Attracts: Butterflies, Bee friendly
Advantages: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Flower Shape: Array of several small funnel-shaped flowers
Flower Color: Red
Resistant: Drought Tolerant
Water Requirement: Requires very little water
Soil Drainage: Well drained
Soil pH: Neutral pH of about 7.0.
Uses: Has been used to treat blood disease, decoration, disinfectants