from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of gamopetalous plants, closely allied to Phlox and Polemonium, of about 100 annual or biennial species, mostly of the western United States, a few species occurring in South America.
  • n. Any plant of the genus Gilia. For species known by other names see bird's-eye, 1 , skunkweed, and standing-cypress.


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  • The muted purple-green color of the sage was interspersed with patches of wild-flowers, the brilliant crimsons and scarlets of Indian paintbrush, firecracker penstemon, and scarlet gilia.

    Western Man

  • Last pristine views of the Divide dying pine grove met towers fish dragonfly gentian ancient tree first touches of Fall last vestiges of summer = gilia

    grouse Diary Entry

  • As the trail ascended, it reached ponderosas, cedars, cattle bones, and a new profusion of wild flowers, shooting stars, scarlet gilia.

    Stallion Gate

  • At the edges of the hilltop, the gilia and sage burned.

    Stallion Gate

  • The Hanging Garden got its name from the scarlet gilia, paintbrush and yarrow that had taken root and flourished in the turned soil of the hillside.

    Stallion Gate

  • This is the gilia the children call "evening snow," and it is no use trying to improve on children's names for wild flowers.

    The Land of Little Rain

  • How exquisite they were, those delicate ghosts of flowers; -- the regal columbine, the graceful gilia, coreopsis gleaming golden, anemones, pale and soft.

    Peak and Prairie From a Colorado Sketch-book

  • One short, rigid, foreleg was stretched out as though in remonstrance, and just within its embrace a fading spray of gilia lifted its fragile blossoms.

    Peak and Prairie From a Colorado Sketch-book

  • Thousands of scrub-oaks, in every shade of bronze and russet, massed themselves on either hand, and in among them tufts of yellow asters shone, and here and there a belated gilia tossed its feathery plume.

    Peak and Prairie From a Colorado Sketch-book

  • Shyly hiding under the taller shrubs beside the running water, the experienced seeker will find the gilia, one of the gems of Colorado's bouquet.

    A Bird-Lover in the West


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