Planting the best gilia seeds
- Easy to grow and maintain
- Beautifully fragrant pollinator attractor
- Native California flower with grey foliage and lavender-blue globe flowers
- Traditional medicinal uses, including treatment of colds, rheumatism, and skin irritation
all about gilia seeds
Gilia, botanically known as Gilia capitata and also sometimes called "thimble flower", is a genus of between 25 and 50 species of flower plants related to phlox and is a member of the polemoniaceae family.
This stunning and distinctive wildflower native to western North America blooms with magnificent clusters of light blue flowers on robust, tall stalks. Adaptable to sun or partial shade settings, gilia is a one-of-a-kind bloom that should be included in any wildflower or decorative garden! You and pollinators alike will quickly grow fond of the wonderful aroma these flowers offer each blooming season.
You can expect your gilia blooms to reach heights between four inches and two feet, while spreading approximately eight to nine inches. This easy-to-grow annual is perfect for any gardener, including beginners!
planting your own gilia seeds
To grow your own gilia blooms, direct sow your seeds two to three weeks before the final frost, or cold stratify seeds indoors for 30 days and sow after the threat of frost has passed. Gilia prefers full sun exposure and well-draining soil.
Scatter gilia seeds onto the surface of the soil, gently compressing without covering the seeds with soil. These seeds require very little maintenance once established. Germination will take about 14 to 21 days after sowing. If you want to extend your blooming season, sow additional seeds about every two to three weeks from December through May. As annuals, gilia will die back after the first killing frost. Cut down your plants and clear any debris, creating a suitable planting site for the following spring.
friends of gilia
Companion plants for gilia include California poppy and clarkia. We also advise planting these beauties near your vegetable garden to offer a more inviting setting for pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds. These blooms will thrive in gravel and rock gardens, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens, beds and borders, and in meadows. Gilia also performs well in container gardens and produces lovely cut flowers as well!
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for gilia flower seed, see the Globe Gilia Seeds Planting Guide.