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

    Presidio of San Francisco

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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?

The San Francisco National Cemetery at the Presidio

The National Cemeteries Act was based on the principles articulated by President Lincoln in his Gettysburg Address--"that these dead shall not have died in vain." Passed by Congress in 1863, the law established thirteen cemeteries to inter veterans of the Armed Forces and their families.