PLANT: Perennial herbs, sometimes flowering the first year, simple to branched, leafy to subscapose, glabrous or sparsely pubescent. LEAVES: basal to alternate, gradually reduced upwards, entire to pinnately lobed, the lobes completely confluent with the rachis, usually flat. INFLORESCENCE: terminal, paniculate, open to congested, the basic unit composed of 2-5 pedicelled flowers subtended by a single bract, rarely solitary. FLOWERS: actinomorphic; calyx tube membranes ruptured in fruit; corolla rotate to broadly funnelform, the tube, throat, and lobes often with the same hues; stamens equally inserted on the lower corolla tube; filaments equal or unequal in length; anthers included to exserted; style included to exserted. CAPSULE: ovoid to spheroid; seeds 2-many per locule. NOTES: 9 spp.; w N.Amer, s S. Amer. (from the Greek, resembling Gilia). REFERENCES: Dieter H. Wilken and J. Mark Porter, 2005, Vascular Plants of Arizona: Polemoniaceae. CANOTIA 1: 1-37.