Bird's Eye is a California native annual flower that can be found growing in grassy plains and slopes. At maturity, this plant reaches a height of 1-2' and features an elegant hairy stem, feather-like leaves, and beautiful tubular five petaled flowers that are pale purple on the edges, followed by a white then deep purple ring, ending in a yellow center that is offset by five light blue stamens. This plant can be grown in containers, it attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, can be used as a cut flower, and it self sows!
Starting Bird's Eye Seeds
Species: Gilia tricolor
Cultivar: Bird's Eye
Native to: California
Introduced into: Czechoslovakia
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 Bird's Eye Seedlings Outdoors for Spring
Starting Your Bird's Eye Seeds Outdoors for Spring
Starting Your Bird's Eye Seeds Outdoors for Fall
Deerhorn Clarkia is a native annual flower that can commonly be found growing in rocky forest and grasslands, or in disturbed soils throughout the northwest United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 18” and features a hairy erect stem that has 2-3” lance-shaped leaves alternating around it, and topped with clusters of four divided fuchsia flower petals and a prominent white pistil. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees and butterflies, is resistant to deer, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Chinese Houses is a cool weather annual flower that is native to California but can be found growing in woodlands and grasslands, or on the slopes of foothills throughout Illinois and Kentucky. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features narrow pointed leaves and circular tiers of ½-¾” flowers with two white upper petals and two fuchsia lower petals. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees and butterflies, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
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.
Lupine: Sky (Lupinus nanus)
Penstemon: Palmer's (Penstemon palmeri)
Penstemon: Rocky Mountain (Penstemon strictus)