IPOMOPSIS rubra (Gilia) is a species of flowering plant in the family Polemoniaceae. The plant is a biennial or short-lived perennial native to the western United States and Mexico, and is typically found growing in dry, rocky habitats.
The plant produces showy clusters of tubular, bright red flowers that attract hummingbirds and other pollinators. The flowers bloom from spring to early summer, and are held on tall stems that can reach up to 4 feet (1.2 m) in height.
Gilia plants have delicate, fern-like foliage and can tolerate a range of soil types, although they prefer well-drained soil. They are drought-tolerant and can be propagated by seeds or cuttings.
Gilia is a popular choice for wildflower gardens and naturalized landscapes, and is well-suited for xeriscaping and other water-efficient gardening techniques. In addition to its ornamental value, the plant has medicinal properties and has been used for centuries by indigenous peoples to treat various ailments.
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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