Gilia tricolor aka Birds Eye

Much visited by bees, they are so easy and exude the sweetness of Spring with their flowers, form & lovely chocolate scent! Extremely floriferous, you’ll get hundreds of these entrancing, 1/2” light blue or violet flowers, set off by powder-blue stamen & a yellow throat with a dark purple ring at the top. Blooms on bushy, ferny upright stems. Highly rewarding, this heart stealer looks great in any type of garden, self-sows & makes the best old-fashioned bouquets. Magical with roses! 24” x 18.” Tolerant of neglect.


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

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