Polemoniaceae: Phlox Family — Gilia
Like all members of the Phlox family, Gilia have tubular flowers, ranging from narrowly funnel-shaped to more broadly bell-shaped, all with spreading lobes (rather than distinct petals). The color of the tube and/or the throat (the lower part of the tube’s interior) can be critical to identification as can the presence or absence of hairs or glands on the stems or calyx and the color of the membranes connecting the calyx lobes. Many gilias are spectacularly beautiful but some are very small and at times challenging to identify with certainty. Gilia are named after an Italia naturalist, Filippo Gilii and therefore pronounced with a soft “g”.