Flower Characteristics: Fragrant, colorful with dark centers, trumpet-shaped in shades of lavender, white, and gold
Native Habitat: California, adapted to drought conditions
Attracts Wildlife: Hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
Plant Height: Grows up to 18 inches tall
Ideal Use: Suitable for xeriscaping, borders, containers, or as cut flowers
History: Bird’s Eyes Gilia, native to California, is cherished for its beautiful and aromatic blooms. This wildflower has adapted to thrive in the state's diverse climates, particularly in sunny, dry, and sandy conditions. Its resilience and striking appearance have made it a favorite among gardeners and wildflower enthusiasts.
Uses: Bird’s Eyes Gilia is highly valued for its ornamental appeal. The plant produces masses of tiny, trumpet-shaped flowers that not only add color and charm to gardens but also emit a sweet chocolate scent, making them attractive to hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. The fern-like foliage of the plant complements its vibrant blooms, enhancing the aesthetic of any garden space. These qualities make the plant ideal for xeriscaping, adding beauty to borders and containers, and as delightful cut flowers for indoor arrangements.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: To grow Bird’s Eyes Gilia, sow the seeds in a location that receives full sun. These plants are particularly suited for dry, sandy conditions, mirroring their native Californian habitat. Plant seeds at a shallow depth, as they require light for optimal germination. Space the plants adequately to allow for growth up to 18 inches in height. Regular watering during the early stages of growth is beneficial, but once established, the plants are drought-tolerant. With proper care, these plants will reward you with their charming blooms from spring to mid-summer.