Birds-eye
Gilia tricolor

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Aurora, Missouri

Mays Landing, New Jersey

Austin, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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

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

Positive

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

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.