Blanket Flower - Gaillardia pulchella
pulchella (firewheel, Indian blanket, Indian
blanketflower, or sundance), is a North American species of
short-lived perennial or annual flowering plants in the sunflower family. It is native to northern Mexico and the southern and central United States from Arizona to Florida and the Carolinas and north as far as Nebraska. It is also naturalized in scattered locations in other parts of the United States as well as in Quebec and Ontario.
The branching stem of Gaillardia pulchella is hairy and upright, growing to 60 cm (2 ft) tall. The leaves are
alternate, mostly basal, 4–8 cm long, with edges smooth to
coarsely toothed or lobed. The pinwheel, daisy-likeinflorences are
4–6 cm in diameter, vividly colored with red, orange and yellow.
The central disc florets of the flower head tend to be more red-violet,
with the outer ray florets being yellow. In one variety, almost the
entire flower is red, with only the barest tips of the petals touched
with yellow. It blooms practically year-round in some areas, but more
typically in summer to early fall.
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