Latin name: Gilia brecciarum M.E. Jones ssp. neglecta A.D. Grant & V. Grant
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) breh-kee-AR-um neh-GLEK-ta
Common name: Argus gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Sandy places 2500'-7000', creosote bush scrub to pinyon-juniper woodland, west borders of Mojave Desert, Kern to Inyo Counties
Blooming period: April to June
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) brecciarum 3) neglecta
*When an epithet is derived from a personal name, an attempt should be made to preserve the pronunciation of the original name, which in this case is Gilii. In Italian a ‘g’ before an ‘i’ has a soft rather than a hard sound, and ‘i’ is pronounced as ‘ee’, so Gilia should properly be said as ‘JEE-lee-uh.’ Most people however will continue to say it as GIL-ee-a.