• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Dune Gilia

(Gilia capitata ssp. chamissonis)
 
Dune Gilia
Dune Gilia blooms at the dunes of Crissy Field.
Will Elder, NPS
 

Origin Of Genus Name: Gilia is named after Felipe Gil, a Spanish botanist.

Presidio Locations: Found on coastal dunes, particularly in Lobos Creek Valley and dunes around Crissy Marsh.

Range In State: Northern California coast. The Presidio is the type locality for this species.

Description: This native, annual species is one of the Presidio's rare plants. The leaves are distinctive, dissected and may be reddish in color. Its clusters of small flowers are bright blue-violet. Blooms May to August.

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Did You Know?

Jonathan Letterman

Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.