Yesterday I spotted the first bloom on my blue gilia, Gilia rigidula. I doubt you will ever see this flower at the nurseries and I have never seen it for sale at the Wildflower Center plant sales. Maybe it is just too delicate for most gardens.
I have a very special place for it. It is atop a dry stack wall where it is slowly spreading by seed. Furthermore I have a good view from my window. This plant is difficult to transplant and I consider myself fortunate that I was successful in this and that I gave it a happy home. It seems to love this chalky, stoney spot. Blue gilia is a member of the phlox family and usually makes a prolific bloom in spring. It also blooms periodically though out the summer, usually after rainfall.