E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Gilia sinuata Douglas ex Benth.
shy gilia (rosy gilia)
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual herb from a taproot; stems erect, branched, stalked-glandular at least above, the lower part with a bloom and with loose cobwebby but eventually deciduous hairs, 10-40 cm tall.
Basal leaves in a prostrate rosette, to 7 cm long and 2 cm wide, cobwebby, coarsely toothed or sometimes deeply pinnately lobed, the lobes few-toothed or entire; stem leaves few, progressively reduced upwards, clasping at the expanded base, pinnately toothed to entire, tapering to the tip.
Inflorescence an open, glandular, few-bracted, terminal cluster of several, unstalked or short-stalked flowers; corollas blue or purplish, 3-12 mm long, the tube funnel-shaped with yellowish throat and white veins on the outer surface, flaring to 5 elliptic lobes that are 1/4 to 1/2 as long as the tube; calyces 3-5 mm long.
Capsules, oblong-egg-shaped, 4-7 mm long, 3-chambered, with 2 to 8 seeds in two rows in each chamber; seeds angular, 1.5-2 mm long, becoming sticky when moistened.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Dry, open, sandy flats in the steppe zone; rare in SC BC, known only from Osoyoos; S to WY, NM and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Gilia inconspicua var. sinuata (Douglas ex Benth.) A. Gray

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