Invasive Species Council of British Columbia
Grow Me Instead

Bluehead gilia

Gilia capitata

About This Species

Zone 7a

Grow me instead of Bachelor’s buttons, Mountain bluet

Bluehead gilia is a low maintenance, drought tolerant annual plant that readily self-sows. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soils, making it a great plant for rock gardens. Bluehead gilia produces round clusters of tiny blue flowers (resembling pompoms) that look very pretty against the fern-like foliage. This plant is often included in wildflower or meadow mixes for its ability to attract pollinators.

When selecting non-invasive plants for your garden, be sure to look for those that are suitable for your location, including moisture requirements, hardiness zone, and avoidance of known bear attractants among other factors.

Plant Special Features

  • Drought-tolerant
  • Fire smart
  • Bear smart
  • Pollinator friendly

Moisture Requirements


Dry or occasionally moist conditions