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Gilia tricolor

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gilia (JIL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: tricolor (TRY-kull-lur) (Info)

5 vendors have this plant for sale.

32 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Kitte On Jul 17, 2011, Kitte from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Dainty little plant w/ fine leaves & tiny but very cute flowers. Really smells like chocolate!

Likes a lot of sun & not a lot of water.

Looks better en masse. Pretty billowing out over edges of pots. Easily grown from seed. But sadly, mine did not reseed.

Positive Ian01 On Sep 12, 2010, Ian01 from Rio de Janeiro
Brazil wrote:

A carefree and well branched plant that showed good tolerance to tropical climate (semi-shade conditions). It forms a little ball (7") of finely divided leaves (similar to Foeniculum vulgare), just beautiful. The flower is very small (0.4"), but lovely. The only drawback is that the scent is unpleasant (undefined, spicy, like something moldy). Doesn't tolerate soggy soil.

Positive robcorreia On Jun 11, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Easy to raise from seed, carefree, and very pretty flowers!

Positive HedychiumGuy On Apr 12, 2007, HedychiumGuy from Bay Area, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Very easy-to-grow plant that gets covered in small violet flowers with dark centers. Native to California. The flowers have a sweet scent.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 8, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

(10-18") Native wildflower. 1" light blue/violet trumpet shaped flowers with yellow and violet throats, blue stamens and a chocolate fragrance. Grows quickly, blooms heavily, tolerates drought and neglect and self-sows.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Concord, California
Los Angeles, California
Menifee, California
Merced, California
Perris, California
Richmond, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Santa Clara, California
Sun City, California
Jordan, Minnesota
Mays Landing, New Jersey
Austin, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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