Gilia, Globe; Gilia capitata
Mid Bloomer. Round balls of many tiny white to violet flowers on tall stems. Likes dry, sandy slopes.
Notes: Phlox family. Typical of the Phlox family, the flowers consist of 5 petals that flare out of the tube to form a shallow bowl. The reproductive parts stick well out of the flowers, and it has narrow, needle-like leaves adapted to dry climates. However, its spherical shape distinguishes it from other phlox. Capitata means ‘head’ in reference to its terminal flower cluster.
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Kingdom Plantae -- Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta -- Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta -- Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta -- Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida -- Dicotyledons
Family Polemoniaceae -- Phlox family
Genus Gilia Ruiz & Pavón -- gilia
Species Gilia capitata Sims -- bluehead gilia
Contains 8 Subspecies and 8 accepted taxa overall
Gilia, Globe (Gilia capitata)
Narrow leaves along the lower portion of a stem