Gilia tricolor

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Gilia tricolor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Polemoniaceae
Genus: Gilia
Species: G. tricolor
Binomial name
Gilia tricolor

Gilia tricolor (bird's-eyes, bird's-eye gilia, tri color gilia) is an annual flowering plant in the Phlox family (Polemonaceae).[1]

Range and habitat[edit]

It is native to the Central Valley and foothills of the Sierra Nevada and Coast Ranges in California.[1]


Growth pattern[edit]

Leaves and stems[edit]

Inflorescence and fruit[edit]

Bird's eye flower

Flowers have 5 green sepals and 5 bell-shaped fused petals, which are blue-violet at the end, descending to purple spots over yellow throats, hence the three for "tri".[1]

Uses and ecological interactions[edit]


  • Gilia tricolor ssp. diffusa (Congd.) Mason & A. Grant
  • Gilia tricolor ssp. tricolor Benth.


  1. ^ a b c Sierra Nevada Wildflowers, Karen Wiese, 2013, p. 49

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