Latin name: Gilia tricolor Benth. ssp. diffusa (Congdon) H. Mason & A.D. Grant
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) TRY-kol-or di-FYOO-sa
Common name: Birdseye gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Open grassy plains, slopes and valleys mainly below 2000' in the South Coast Ranges
Blooming period: March to April
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) tricolor 3) diffusa
*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.