Gilia

(Gilia capitata) Gilia is an annual wildflower member of the phlox family. This carefree, blue, globe-shaped wildflower is beloved by pollinators of all kinds, and the blooms are lightly fragrant. It is ideal for xeriscaping or low-maintenance meadows and wildflower plantings, thanks to superb drought tolerance. Native to California, specifically to the open, dry spaces and chaparral banks of the Western Coastal range. Farmers who wish to integrate buffer plantings of wildflower mixes to feed pollinators should include gilia. The plants prefer full sun. They are heat and drought tolerant and will grow in poor soil as long as it is well drained. Start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date and transplant out after frost, or direct seed after the chance of frost has passed. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 F. Keep seeds well watered until germinated. Space plants 8-12 inches apart. 

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