Gilia inconspicua
shy gily-flower

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; Washington south to California, east to Idaho, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Habitat: Rocky and sandy open areas in sagebrush desert.

Flowers: April-June

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Review Group 1 in Washington (WANHP)


Annual between 8 to 32 cm tall, with stalked glands above, branches ascending or spreading, woolly beneath inflorescence.


Leaves in basal rosette, pinnately lobed, lobes 2 to 10 mm. long and equally wide, linear or rounded, entire or few-toothed, ascending.


Flowers in a clustered inflorescence, which opens in fruit; flowers either 2 or 4; pedicels unequal; calyx often glabrous or gland-dotted, or tufted in early flowers, 2.6-4.6 mm. long; corolla yellow, 6-11 mm. or 3-4 times as long as the lobes, lobes 1.6-2 mm. lavender with a purple spot at lobe base or in throat; stamens 5, style exserted, longest stamens exceed the corolla.


Capsule with valves detaching, oblong to ovoid, 5 to 8 mm. long.

Accepted Name:
Gilia inconspicua (Sm.) Sweet
Publication: Hort. Brit. 286. 1826.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Gilia inconspicua checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Gilia inconspicua atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gilia inconspicua photos.

USDA Plants: Gilia inconspicua information.

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