A native member of the Phlox Family, blue-headed gilia (Gilia capitata) grows in grassy hillsides and meadows and in the open pine forests of the West. The inflorescence is a tight ball of light blue flowers at the stem tips. Most of the deeply divided leaves are basal with reduced leaves up the stem. Also called globe gilia, blue-headed gilia grows from a taproot. These plants were photographed along the road to Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery (Shasta County CA).