Gilia Ruiz & Pav.

Bird's Eye

Commemorating Felipe Gil, an 18th century Spanish botanist.

Annual biennial or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate, mostly basal and pinnately lobed, occasionally entire, hairy, sometimes with glands. Flower clusters branched or in a flat-topped compact head, occasionally solitary. Sepals 5. Petals mostly 5, funnel- or salver-shaped. Fruit a 3-chambered capsule, bursting the calyx at maturity.

Grown as annuals, either in pots, beds or borders, for the fine foliage and clusters of flowers produced in summer and autumn.


Flowers in clusters; stamens not bent in the flower tube; capsule bursting the calyx when mature.

25 species from SW USA and southern South America.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Polemoniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Ericales
family       Polemoniaceae
Higher taxa
Subordinate taxa
species         Gilia capitata Sims