Latin name: Saltugilia caruifolia (Abrams) L.A. Johnson
Pronunciation: saul-to-JEE-lee-a (or sal-to-GIL-ee-a*) ka-roo-i-FO-lee-a
Common name: Caraway-leaved gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Dry hills, open areas in woodland and chaparral to 7000', sandy soils, yellow pine forest, mountains of San Diego Co.
Blooming period: May to August
Name derivations: 1) Saltugilia 2) caruifolia
*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.