Polemoniaceae
Ipomopsis aggregata

Scarlet Gilia

Stem erect, sticky with glands or hairy. Plant dies after flowering. Basal leaves much divided; stem leaves reducing in size up the stem. Inflorescence tops stem, loose flower clusters with short stalks. Flowers brilliant orange-red spotted or mottled with yellow, can be pink, yellow, or white. Flower tubes 3/4–1 1/2 in., topped with pointed lobes, stamens extending outward. Grows in dry soils, in openings of woodlands, meadows, in all elevations. Subsp. aggregata has orange-red flowers speckled white, tube gradually flaring to the lobes. Subsp. formosissima has white or yellow pollen, stem leaves sharply lobed.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Biennial, Perennial
  • Height: 1--4 feet
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Subalpine, Alpine, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Siskiyous, Crater Lake NP, Wallowas, Steens, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes