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Gilia capitata
bluehead gilia, globe gilia

Distribution: Occurring chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington, but also in the Columbia River Gorge; Vancouver Island, British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho.

Habitat: Dry, open areas at lower elevations.

Flowers: June-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Erect, slender, sparingly-branched annual, the glabrous to stipitate-glandular stem 1.5-10 dm. tall.


Leaves basal and cauline, the lower bipinnatifid with slender rachis and narrow ultimate segments; reduced upward and becoming pinnatifid.


Flowers sessile in dense, 50- to 100-flowered heads terminating the stem and branches; corolla bluish, 6-10 mm. long, the 5 slender lobes about equaling the tube; calyx with prominent translucent intervals between the 5 herbaceous segments; filaments inserted in the sinuses of the corolla, about equal to the lobes; style 3-parted; ovary superior.


Capsules with 3 carpels, each with 2, 3 or 0 seeds.

Accepted Name:
Gilia capitata Sims

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
ssp. capitata – bluefield gilia, globe gilia
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Gilia capitata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Gilia capitata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Gilia capitata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gilia capitata photos.

USDA Plants: Gilia capitata information.

34 photographs:
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