Scarlet Gilia 2006

Mirror Lake, Yosemite, August 2006

  • Ipomopsis aggregata (Pursh) V. Grant
  • Scarlet gilia, Scarlet standing-cypress, Skyrocket
  • Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)
  • USDA Symbol: IPAG
  • USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Ipomopsis aggregata is a species of flowering plant in the phlox family, Polemoniaceae. Its common names include scarlet gilia, scarlet trumpet, and skyrocket. It is native to western North America, growing mainly in the central to western regions and ranging from as far north as British Columbia to Mexico.

It has characteristic red, trumpet-shaped flowers and basal leaves stemming from a single erect stem. There are many subspecies.

Some Plateau Indian tribes boiled it as a drink for kidney health. [1]

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