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Gilia sinuata
shy gilia, sinuate gilia, rosy gily-flower

Distribution: Occurring east of the Cascades crest in Washington; Washington to southeast California, east to Idaho and Wyoming.

Habitat: Dry, open, and usually sandy places in the foothills and plains.

Flowers: April-July

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Openly branched annual up to 4 dm. tall, with stalked glands at least above.


Leaves mostly basal, up to 7 cm. long and 2 cm. wide, from deeply pinnatifid to deeply lobed, these entire or few-toothed; cauline leaves strongly reduced, entire or pinnatifid.


Flowers in an open, sparsely bracteate, terminal inflorescence; calyx with prominent translucent intervals between the 5 herbaceous segments; corolla blue or blue-lavender, the tube 2-4 times as long as the 5 lobes; stamens 5, the filaments attached at the sinuses of the corolla; style 3-parted; ovary superior.


Capsule with 3 carpels, each with 2-8 seeds in 2 rows.

Accepted Name:
Gilia sinuata Douglas ex Benth.
Publication: Prodr. 9: 313. 1845.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Gilia inconspicua (Sm.) Sweet var. sinuata (Douglas ex Benth.) A. Gray [IMF4]
Gilia sinuata Dougl. var. sinuata [HC]
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Gilia sinuata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Gilia sinuata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Gilia sinuata photos.

USDA Plants: Gilia sinuata information.

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