GILIA capitata

Queen Anne's Thimbles



Height: 12-15" (30-40cm)
Flowering Time: Summer
Flower Colour: Blue

Botanical Classification:


Angiospermae (Angiosperms)
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons)
Superorder: Asteridae (Daisy Superorder)
Order: Polemoniales (Jacob's Ladder Order)
Family: Polemoniaceae (Jacob's Ladder Family)
Genus: Gilia
Species: capitata (with a head)
Gilia capitata

Gilia capitata is a hardy annual with stems reaching around a foot high, with deeply lobed leaves and tight, terminal clusters of blue flowers with prominent stamens in summer. Perhaps this is the reason for the common name - the flower head looks a bit like a pincushion with pins sticking in it.


Harvesting and Growing from Seed:


(13 days)

Seed Pod Each individual flower has its own seedpod in the dense chaffy seedhead. Each seedpod
is a ball inside the calyx.

Seed The seeds are small brown chips. There are several seeds in each seedpod.

Seedling The seedleaves are fat and rounded. The first true leaves are very lobed.

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