Bluehead gilia, globe gilia, blue field gilia
The Pacific states, plus small areas of Arizona, Idaho, Utah and New Mexico
Between 4 and 35 inches
Open areas, generally sandy or rocky locations, up to 6,500 feet
Pinnately divided once or twice into pointed, linear lobes, around half an inch long
Gilia capitata produces stout, leafy stems topped by spherical, terminal clusters of 25 to 100 white to blue flowers. Leaves and stems are usually glandular, with a dense coating of short, sticky hairs. Leaves are pinnately lobed; those around the base and along the lower stems are divided into several dozen narrow pointed lobes, while those higher up have just a few lobes, generally longer.
Each flower is supported by a green, lobed calyx, and consists of five linear to oblong petals, five slightly protruding stamens and a longer, two-lobed style. The corolla tube is entirely enclosed by the calyx.
There are many subspecies, differing in corolla length, corolla color, hairiness, cluster width, petal shape and petal width.