"This is one among the prettiest hardy annuals, not only of recent introduction into the country, but that is known in our gardens. It is, too, the more pleasing from the variation of tint seen among its delicate flowers, some of them being white."
Pretty as this flower is, we fear it will not find favor with most cultivators; something more showy is wanted to suit the 16 common taste. The flowers are disposed in panicles, with a yellow eye, surrounded by a purple ring, bordered by pale-blue or white. It does not exceed one foot in height. "From its humble stature and neat growth it is peculiarly suited for culture in masses; a style of planting showy flowers which produces a striking effect, where it can be pursued on a tolerably extensive scale."
G. tenuiflora. - Slender-flowered. - A new hardy annual from California. Mr. Douglass has appended the name Gilia splendens to the plant, but it does not certainly merit such an appellation, being much inferior to G. tricolor. The flowers of the present species are produced upon slender, branching stems, which rise to about two feet high; each flower is about a quarter of an inch across, of a pale rose color, slightly streaked with red outside, and of a fine violet in the inside. The flowers do not produce much show where a single plant is grown; but, if grown in masses, it makes a pretty addition to the flower-garden.
G. capitcta. - Headed Gilia. - A pretty hardy annual, with blue, and a variety with white, flowers, in clusters or heads; from June to August; two feet high.