Globe Gilia

Globe Gilia

SKU: FL1207
Globe Gilia is sometimes listed as Blue Thimble Flower or Blue-head Gilia because its ball-shaped inflorescence is composed of fifty to one hundred small blue flowers, each with a bell-shaped, open throat, and delicate anthers that extend slightly beyond the mouth of each. Read More

Exposure Full-sun

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More details about Globe Gilia

Gilia capitata. This native of western North America is found from Alaska to northern Mexico. Globe Gilia is sometimes listed as Blue Thimble Flower or Blue-head Gilia because its ball-shaped inflorescence is composed of fifty to one hundred small blue flowers, each with a bell-shaped, open throat, and delicate anthers that extend slightly beyond the mouth of each. This flower is much loved for its adaptability, growing in full sun to nearly full shade, in a variety of soil types. For best results, we recommend growing it in rich, moist, well drained soil, keeping it damp until it is established. Afterwards, it is quite drought tolerant. Grow this annual to attract bees and butterflies, or just to enjoy its dramatically blue flowers. Height 30-60cm (12-24").

Quick Facts:

    • Annual
    • Attracts pollinators
    • Height to 60cm (24")
    • Grows in part shade

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All About Globe Gilia

Latin

Latin
Gilia tricolor and G. capitata
Family: Polemoniaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Very easy

Exposure:

Exposure: Full sun

Timing

Timing
Gilia is most successful if direct sown outdoors 2-3 weeks before last frost, or in the autumn in mild climates. Alternately, start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, and harden seedlings off gradually in a cold frame before transplanting. This is one of those annuals that requires almost no effort: Sprinkle seeds where they are to grow, and most gardeners will have a very high success rate.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds 2mm (1/8″) deep. At a temperature of 12-18°C (55-65°F) seeds should germinate in 17 to 21 days.

Growing

Growing
Transplant after last frost into average, well drained soil. G. tricolor can grow in quite sandy conditions and is drought tolerant, so it’s useful for xeriscaping. Space plants 23-33cm (9-15″) apart. Gilia will probably self sow in the right conditions, but it does not become weedy and is very easy to control.

How to Grow Gilia

Step 1: Timing

Gilia is most successful if direct sown outdoors 2-3 weeks before last frost, or in the autumn in mild climates. Alternately, start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, and harden seedlings off gradually in a cold frame before transplanting. This is one of those annuals that requires almost no effort: Sprinkle seeds where they are to grow, and most gardeners will have a very high success rate.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds 2mm (1/8″) deep. At a temperature of 12-18°C (55-65°F) seeds should germinate in 17 to 21 days.

Step 3: Growing

Transplant after last frost into average, well drained soil. G. tricolor can grow in quite sandy conditions and is drought tolerant, so it’s useful for xeriscaping. Space plants 23-33cm (9-15″) apart. Gilia will probably self sow in the right conditions, but it does not become weedy and is very easy to control.

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