Latin name: Gilia minor A.D. Grant & V. Grant
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) MY-ner
Common name: Little gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Sandy flats and washes below 3500', creosote bush scrub to joshua-tree woodland, west Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon
Blooming period: March to April
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) minor
*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.