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Gilia tricolor (Bird's-eyes, Bird's-eyes Gilia) is an annual wildflower in the Polemniaceae (Phlox) family. It is widely cultivated around the world and is frequently included in wildflower seed mixes that are sold in many places. In the wild it is endemic to California where it grows in the Central Valley and surrounding mountain ranges and foothills, with major populations around the Bay Area. Individual flowers are very small but look great when massed. It is a very attractive, easy to grow wildflower with a long blooming season, which accounts for its popularity in the garden. Because it is an annual, it will die after blooming and setting seed, but it re-seeds itself reliably.
Direct sow in late fall planting just below the surface. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store in the refrigerator for 30 days before planting. To start indoors, sow seeds in a flat or individual peat pot 6-8 weeks after cold stratification. Keep the soil moist and at room temperature until germination which typically occurs in 2-3 weeks. After the threat of frost and the seedlings are well established, transplant outdoors. Keep the soil moist as the seedlings develop. Once mature, they will tolerate drought well and will prefer hot and dry conditions. Don't overwater since this can cause disease.
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