Scarlet Gilia

How fortunate you are to wear three names: one for the botanist, Philip Gil of Spain, who discovered you aflame on western desert, mountain, hill. ``Skyrocket'' is for your quintets of red petals surorunding tubes, each flower glowing upon its private stem. En masse you stars become a shower. My favorite is ``oblsam bohnwas,'' * ``the drink plant of the doves.'' From you, scarlet one, they drank and not from yellow gilia, purple, blue. * According to a Klamath legend.{et

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