Bird's Eye (Gilia tricolor)
Starting Bird's Eye Seeds
Also known as: Bird's Eyes Gilia
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Bloom): Spring
Crops: Spring, Summer
Growing Conditions: This plant adapts well to areas with rocky, clay, or sandy soil.
Min Outdoor Soil Temp: 70°F.
Start Indoors: Yes
Start Outdoors: Yes
Small Gardens?: Yes
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade
Water: Medium. Keep the soil moist as the seedlings develop.
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Extremely attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees.
Sow Depth: Press into soil surface.
Produces: finely divided foliage mostly at the base, and sweet scented 1/2” pale purple-edged white flowers with a dark ring around the yellow center.
USDA Grow Zone: 3a-10b
Starting Bird's Eye seeds Indoors for Spring
TRANSPLANTING YOUR BIRD'S EYE SEEDLINGS OUTDOORS FOR SPRING
STARTING YOUR BIRD'S EYE SEEDS OUTDOORS FOR SPRING
STARTING YOUR BIRD'S EYE SEEDS OUTDOORS IN FALL
Using companion plants as a border, backdrop, or interplanting in your garden beds will allow you to harness the ecosystem to its full potential. It is best to use plants native to your area so that the insects you seek to attract will know what to look for!
It is best used in a meadow-like setting with other annuals, herbaceous perennials and geophytes, including Mariposa Lily (Calochortus sp.), Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta), Clarkia sp., Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla), Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Tidy Tips (Layia platyglossa), Lupine (Lupinus sp.), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Wind Poppy (Papaver heterphyllum), and Penstemon sp.
Clarkia: Deerhorn (Clarkia pulchella)
Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)
Lupine: Arroyo (Lupinus succulentus)
Lupine: Russell (Lupinus polyphyllus)
George Russell, a self-taught horticulturalist from Great Britain, produced this lovely hybrid in the early 1920’s after nearly two decades of cross-breeding and experimentation. On being honored by the Royal Horticultural Society for his achievement, Mr. Russell stated that all the really crucial work had been done by the humble little bees in his garden. The name Lupine comes from the Latin “lupus,” meaning wolf. This refers to the folk belief that this plant took nutrients from the soil. Ironically, this plant actually improves the soil because of its nitrogen fixing abilities.