In this Gardener's HQ guide, we'll explore cultivating Gilia plants in your garden, indoor spaces, and other settings.
Gilia plants bloom from summer through to autumn and carry globe or trumpet shaped flowers. These may be white, yellow, blue or pink.
Some common names include Thimble Flower, Bird's Eyes, Standing Cypress, and Queen Anne's Thimble.
Gilia capitata – Globe Gilia by The Marmot.
Gilia congesta by Matt Lavin.
For best results it is best to grow thimble flower, Bird's eyes, and other Gilia genus plants outdoors from seed. Sow the Thimble flower seeds at a depth of about 3 mm (1/8 inch).
Space Gilia plants at 20 to 40 cm (8 to 16 inches; small varieties) through to 60 to 80 cm (24 to 32 inches; large species).
It should take from two to three weeks for the Gilia plants to germinate at a temperature of 12 to 18 degrees centigrade (54 to 64°F).
Thimble flowers like to grow in sunny areas of the garden. This should have good drainage and a sandy soil.
Members of the Gilia plant genus, such as Thimble flower and Standing Cypress, basically look after themselves and require little attention. It may be a good idea to stake taller Gilia varieties.
The Gilia genus contains about 60 species.
Yes, Gilia species are appreciated for their delicate, colorful flowers and can make a delightful addition to wildflower gardens.
Gilia capitata, also known as Globe Gilia, is a commonly grown species recognized for its attractive, globe-shaped flower clusters.
While some Gilia species may have a mild scent, they are generally not recognized for their fragrance.
Gilia plants prefer full sun and well-drained soil. They are tolerant of dry and poor soil conditions.
Currently, Gilia species are not recognized as invasive in the USA.
Gilia can be removed by hand pulling. Regularly monitor for seedlings to prevent unwanted spreading.
The Gilia genus belongs to the Polemoniaceae family. Native to the western United States and Mexico, these annual or perennial plants produce clusters of small, tubular flowers, often in shades of blue or pink.
Gilia can be sown in the spring or fall, in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Once established, they are fairly drought-tolerant, making them a good choice for xeriscaping. Light watering and occasional feeding will enhance their growth and flowering.