Globe Gilia Plant: Tips For Growing Gilia Wildflowers

Bee On Gilia Wildflower
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The globe gilia plant (Gilia capitata) is one of the country’s prettiest native wildflower plants. This gilia has lacy green foliage, upright 2 to 3-foot stalks and round clusters of small, blue flowers. Growing gilia wildflowers in your garden is not difficult if you live in a region with mild winter temperatures. The plant is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 6 through 10. Read on for more globe gilia information.

Globe Gilia Information

This annual wildflower is native to southern California and Baja California. Globe gilia plant communities often occur in areas with well-drained soil and full sun at 6,000 feet elevation or less. The plant often appears after an area has been burned in a wildflower. Globe gilia is also called Queen Anne’s thimble and blue thimble flower. This may be because each blossom resembles a pincushion with pins in it. Look for this gilia in the southern coastal prairie, chaparral, and yellow pine forest regions. It blooms from April through July or August in the wild, but that period can be extended in your garden by sowing seeds serially.

Growing a Globe Gilia Plant

The blue gilia wildflower is a lovely and easy addition to your garden. Its flowers range in color from pale blue to bright lavender-blue and attract bees, native and nonnative, and other pollinators. Butterflies and hummingbirds both appreciate blue gilia wildflower nectar. The nectar is easy to access in the loose balls of the blossoms.

How to Grow Blue Gilia

If you want to know how to grow blue gilia wildflowers, keep in mind how the process occurs in nature. The plant’s flowers produce seeds that are released as the flowers wilt and dry. The seeds find a home in the soil and germinate the following spring. Sow globe gilia seeds starting in late fall all the way through spring in mild climates. Plant them directly outdoors in a sunny area with well-drained soil. Provide the seeds and seedlings with water in dry periods. If you sow them every two weeks, you will have continuous blossoms the next year. Given good care, these annual plants are also quite likely to re-seed themselves.

Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.