Blue Thimble Flower
This native flower of the northwest and California has elegant ferny grass green foliage and lots of perfectly round lavender-blue flowers that act as beacons to native bees and butterflies. Gilia was an early find by botanists in their travels west, and it soon was known as Queen Anne's thimble, globe gilia, or blue thimble flower in many a vintage seed catalog. This long-time favorite charms all who grow it. Sow early with other hardy annuals, such as poppies and calendulas, and set your garden aglow.