Gilia ophthalmoides

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Scientific Name Gilia ophthalmoides USDA PLANTS Symbol GIOP
Common Name Eyed Gilia ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31165
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Semi-desert to mesas (4300 to 8500 ft); dry, sandy or rocky soils, open sites, shrublands and woodlands.
Plant: Slender, inconspicuous annual 6 to 12 inches tall with spreading, branching stems with tufts of woolly hairs in lower portion and glandular hairs higher.
Leaves: Lower blades in a basal rosette, stem leaves alternate and once or twice pinnately-lobed, up to 2 inches long; lobes usually toothed or lobed, surfaces with dense tufts of woolly hairs.
Inflorescence: Small flowers in branch axils, borne on thin, unequal pedicels above each bract; each with 5 white to pink flaring corolla lobes, yellow throat, slightly protruding blue anthers on white filaments and stigma among the anthers; corolla tube 1/4 to less than 1/2-inch long and drying blue; gland-dotted calyx tube less than half as long.
Bloom Period: April to July.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield,, SEINet and
Note: The leaves of the plants photographed below were no longer present (mid-July).
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