The narrow leaves of this native plant are easy to miss. Until it begins to flower, you'll probably walk right by it. Blue gilia is an annual, sometimes a biennial, that begins blooming in late winter. If conditions are right, it can survive and bloom until fall. Flower color can vary from white to light blue-purple.
Allow blue gilia to come up among other plants - it's delicate enough to fit right in. It needs no care from you other than to leave it alone until it dies back and the seeds are released. However, a bit of extra water during the hottest, driest months may help it survive to flower again during the monsoon. Seeds are sometimes available for purchase in "wildflower mixes".
Notes: previous scientific name for this plant was Gilia longiflora/
Wildlife value: this flower is pollinated by moths
Planting Desert Wildflowers from Desert Botanical Garden
Map of distribution in US (yellow indicates plant is native but rare)