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
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