Ipomopsis has 27 species and belongs to the phlox family Polemoniaceae. They are closely related to Gilia. They are native from both North and South America, but the main center of distribution is the Rocky Mountains and the south western states of the USA. Many of the species have showy flowers, different species have red, blue or white colored flowers. Those with blue flowers, include I. multiflora. I. tenuifolia has trumpet-shaped red flowers. The genus name is from Greek and means "like a worm."