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Queen Anne's Thimbles, Blue Thimble Flower, Globe Gilia

Gilia capitata

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gilia (JIL-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: capitata (kap-ih-TAY-tuh) (Info)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Phoenix, Arizona

Canoga Park, California

El Sobrante, California

Richmond, California

San Francisco, California

Stockton, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

Johnson City, New York

Bend, Oregon

Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 9, 2016, travelinlight from Johnson City, NY wrote:

Gilia Globe (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds) is a new favorite flower for many reasons. They can either be started by seed indoor for mid to late summer blooming,(in zone 5B) or planted in fall for a late spring bloom ending around mid-summer. If left to go to seed, these will replant themselves in areas with harsh winters.

Gilia Globe attracts honeybees & lots of them! Standing near large patches, they are abuzz with activity. Butterflies love them too. They make a beautiful cut flower, excellent for bouquets & markets. Blooms are long lasting when cut (up to 2 weeks) and also dry beautifully for dried arrangements as well as pressed. They held up great in handmade corsages!

Some grow much taller than expected and may need just a little support later on as they ... read more


On Jul 10, 2013, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I grew this from seed this spring and what a nice surprise! It's little sky blue flowers mix well with other informal flower plants; poppies, nicotiana, gallardia. I just collected some seed and plan on collecting a lot more. This little annual is a keeper. I will be pleased if it self seeds, if not I'll germinate more next year in the greenhouse. Put a cage over it initially so the deer don't munch it before it gets going, they don't seem to like it all that much though as I have plenty of uncaged that have made it to seed.


On May 17, 2009, dwarbucks from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Bought one 4x4 inch plant 3 years ago. Put it in my dryish/native front garden (San Francisco). Beautiful blue flower heads. Has reseeded itself and now that I recognize the seedlings and have spotted them around it mixes well with the CA poppies, linaria, shirley poppies, meadowfoam and clarkia. Great plant.


On Mar 15, 2009, gardenhippie from Stroudsburg, PA wrote:

I always try all plants in pots no matter what anyone remarks. This plant grew but was certainly lost among my other potted plants, frail foliage and flowers not very eye catching, even though I am trying it again this year 2009 to see if I can improve upon what I did previously, maybe mix it with something else to show it off, though it is in my mind a forgettable plant in a pot.. Perhaps has another better use. Nothing special but I am willing to give it (and me) another chance.


On Apr 7, 2005, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Nice color, self-sows without being invasive. Attractive fine foliage.


On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Self-sows easily. True light blue flowers. Floppy needs support.


On Sep 1, 2002, Baa wrote:

A reseeding annual from Western North America.

Has finely divided, mid-deep green leaves with linear leaflets. Bears heads of tiny light blue to almost lilac flowers with conspicuous stamens.

Flowers late April - August

Loves a well-drained soil in full sun but seesm to be tolerant of quite a wide range of conditions.

This one appears in the borders each year without any work from us.