Bird's Eyes Gilia

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Quick Facts:

    • Annual
    • Blue flowers with dark centres
    • Chocolate scented
    • Open in sunshine and close on cloudy days
    • Suitable for xeriscaping

Bird's Eyes Gilia

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Gilia tricolor. Height to 30-45cm (12-18"). Bird's Eyes Gilia seeds are a charming California native wildflower that blooms from spring to mid-summer, producing long-lasting stems of chocolate-scented blue flowers with dark centres. These rise above the ferny foliage and open in sunshine, but close on cloudy days. This easy to grow, nectar-rich annual is attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. It will grow in any sandy, well-drained soil and is suitable for xeriscaping. Suitable for Zones 6 to 10, with a preference for milder weather. Bird's Eyes Gilia seeds will work well in patio containers. In windy areas, give the plants a little support by pushing some twigs into the soil around them.

Annual

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1g (approx. 2354 seeds) FL3815A $3.19 In stock $0.00
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25g (approx. 58850 seeds) FL3815C $9.99 In stock $0.00
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Quick Facts:

    • Annual
    • Blue flowers with dark centres
    • Chocolate scented
    • Open in sunshine and close on cloudy days
    • Suitable for xeriscaping

How To Grow

Here we will discuss how to grow Bird’s Eyes Gilia from seed. Gilia is a lovely annual wildflower that really stands out in mass plantings, and is a heavy nectar producer, so a very good lure for bees and other beneficial insects.

General
Annual wildflower known as Bird’s Eyes

Latin
Gilia tricolor
Family: Polemoniaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 6-10

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.

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
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 may self sow in the right conditions, but it does not become weedy and is easy to control.