Scarlet gilia is commonly referred to by the additional common names, scarlet trumpet and skyrocket. If you spend any time in the Klamath-Siskiyou high country you are sure to get acquainted with scarlet gilia, as the striking, orange-red tubular flowers are eye-catching. Blooming early to mid summer, scarlet gilia is pollinated by long-tonged moths and hummingbirds that can reach the nectar at the end of the tubular flowers. Some bumble bees also forage on scarlet gilia. The fern-like basal leaves are persistent through the winter and give rise to a 1′-2′ flower stalk adorned with red trumpet flowers. Scarlet gilia is a taprooted biennial to short-lived perennial. It is monocarpic, meaning it will die after flowering once. It can easily reseed if it has the right conditions. It is typically found in sunny openings in montane chaparral and alpine forest, in dry, high-elevation meadows, and on gravelly or sandy soil.
Scarlet gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata) seed packets contain approximately 75 seeds.
Seed Germination Instructions
30 days cold-moist stratification. Sow outside in fall to early spring.