Latin name: Gilia diegensis (Munz) A.D. Grant & V. Grant
Pronunciation: JEE-lee-a (or GIL-ee-a*) dee-ay-GEN-sis
Common name: San Diego gilia
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Habitat: Sandy areas, open forests and shrublands below 7000', coastal sage scrub, chaparral, San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mts, Peninsular Range, Cuyamaca and Laguna Mts
Blooming period: April to June
Name derivations: 1) Gilia 2) diegensis
*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.