Globe gilia, also known as blue field gilia or
blue-headed gilia, is a slender branched annual that is often seen after
fires. It grows to 36" high, is leafy mainly from the lower
part of the stem, and may be glabrous, glandular or floccose. The
leaves are alternate, pinnately or bipinnately dissected, and the axils
and midribs generally have white hairs. The flowers arise in a
dense, multi-flowered head at the terminus of a 1-10" leafless
stem. Each globular head is made up of 50-100 individual flowers with
white to light-blue or violet 5-lobed corollas. The calyx is greenish
to purplish-brown and lightly hairy, the acuminate tips slightly recurved.
There are five exserted stamens and three united carpels which
form a single pistil, also exserted. Globe gilia may be seen in
open sandy or rocky places to 6000' in coastal sage scrub, chaparral
and yellow pine forest ranging from Santa Barbara Co. inland to the
Tehachapis, the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos, the Santa Ana Mts
and Baja. It blooms from April to July.
Click here for Latin name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) capitata 3) abrotanifolia.
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a ka-pi-TAY-ta ab-ro-tan-i-FO-lee-a.
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