Oklahoma's State Wildflower - Indian Blanket by aprilann

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Oklahoma’s state wildflower, the Indian blanket, is a member of the largest family of flowering plants, the composite family, also referred to as Asteraceae (formerly Compositae). Indian blanket (common name), or Gaillardia pulchella (scientific name), is a flat, multi-petaled, round flower. The petals are two distinctly separated colors, with dominate red in the center and predominant yellow at the tips. With stems radiating from a central root system, this bush-type plant ranges from one to three feet in height. More commonly known as blanketflowers, Gaillardia were named for Gaillard de Marentonneau, a French amateur botanist. Adopted as Oklahoma’s state wildflower in May 1986 after the passage of House Bill 1649 and approval by Gov. George Nigh, the Indian blanket serves as a symbol of Oklahoma’s scenic beauty and rich Indian heritage.

Captured in Herman Baker Park, Sherman, Texas, USA

Canon Rebel T3i 600D
NO post processing


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  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Such pretty flowers April,,lovely capture:)))

  • Thank you so much. We (Austin and I) spent most of the day out shooting pictures yesterday. It was a beautiful day in Texas.

    – aprilann

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 2 years ago

    Taken at a great angle, good information too

  • Thank you and the chiggers thank you too as it is a great angle for them to jump on and bite me. lol!

    – aprilann

  • Maria1606
    Maria1606about 2 years ago

    Lovely capture! I had it in the garden years ago.

  • Thank you so much. I do have it in my garden but sometimes prefer to find them in the wild. It is always exciting to walk around a bend and suddenly come upon a whole field of wildflowers.

    – aprilann

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being FEATURED in the
    group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thank you so much for this honor – I’m delighted!

    – aprilann

  • lorilee
    lorilee12 months ago

    Don’t forget to enter our Two-Colored Wildflowers Challenge

  • Thanks so much. Unfortunately, I missed it because I’ve been unable to check my comments for many weeks but thanks for thinking of me.

    – aprilann

  • carolhynes
    carolhynes9 days ago

    This is Wonderful!

  • Thanks so much, Carol.

    – aprilann

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