Dec. 12, 2020

sticky gilia, Aliciella pinnatifida

Sticky gilia is a small bushy plant rarely a foot tall. In bloom it will be covered with these quarter-inch blooms. The flowers are often a more intense blue. Aliciella was named to memorialize Alice Eastwood (1859-1953). Her family moved from Toronto to Denver in 1873, where she finished school and became a teacher. She became interested in plants, and a very productive self-taught botanist. In 1891 she was hired by the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. By 1894 she was in charge of the botany department and herbarium. She developed a system the segregated the type specimens from the others. She is credited with saving that collection during the earthquake of 1906. She worked there until age 90. Genus Eastwoodia also commemorates Ms. Eastwood. Sticky gilia grows in barren areas in CO, KS, NE, NM, UT, and WY. Summit Co CO, 6/17/13. Phlox family, Polemoniaceae.