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Showy Gilia
Gilia cana
  
About Showy Gilia (Gilia cana) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Gilia cana is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family known by the common name showy gilia. It is native to California and Nevada where it grows in open areas with gravelly and sandy soils, such as desert and rocky slopes. The Mojave Desert range of some subspecies may extend into Arizona. This wildflower, Gilia cana, grows a stout, branching stem reaching maximum heights around 30 centimeters. Most of the leaves are arranged in a clumpy rosette at the base of the plant. Each leaf is divided into leaflets with toothlike lobes. The lower part of the stem and leaves may have a coat of cobweb-like fibers. The herbage is glandular and has an unpleasant skunklike scent. This wildflower, Gilia cana, grows a stout, branching stem reaching maximum heights around 30 centimeters. Most of the leaves are arranged in a clumpy rosette at the base of the plant. Each leaf is divided into leaflets with toothlike lobes. The lower part of the stem and leaves may have a coat of cobweb-like fibers. The herbage is glandular and has an unpleasant skunklike scent. The tops of the stem branches bear spreading inflorescences of glandular purple to pinkish-lavender flowers. Each flower has a short tubular throat which is yellow and blue inside and five slightly protruding stamens with bluish anthers. The fruit is a small, rounded capsule. Butterflies. Gilia cana is used as an exclusive food plant by the larvae of the Lepidoptera-Butterfly species Schinia biundulata.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

Size
Size
3.6 - 11.8 in tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, Purple, Lavender

Wildlife Supported
 


 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 1 confirmed , 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL
Schinia biundulata Image
Schinia biundulataSchinia biundulata
*
Kodiosoma fulvum Image
Kodiosoma fulvumKodiosoma fulvum
*
Yermoia glaucina Image
Yermoia glaucinaYermoia glaucina

Landscaping Information
Natural Setting
Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 2.4" - 44.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.28" - 2.57", Coldest Month: 23.9" - 61.3", Hottest Month: 47.5" - 90.0", Humidity: 1.29" - 46.84", Elevation: 39" - 10088"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Gilia


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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