Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) by Leslie van de Ligt

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Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) by 

Canon Rebel XSI, Canon Lens 18mm – 55mm
Highway 11, west of Nordegg, Alberta Canada

I found this growing beside the highway on a bike trip we took this summer. Truly a hardy gorgeous plant and I loved it’s blooms

Gaillardia pulchella (Firewheel, Indian blanket, Indian Blanketflower, or Sundance), is a short-lived perennial or annual flowering plant

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Gaillardia
Species: G. pulchella

The branching stem of this plant 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-like inflorescences are 4–6 cm 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 pedals touched with yellow. It blooms practically year-round in some areas, but more typically in summer to early fall. The seed is an achene.

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 3 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Many thanks Chemiene so appreciated :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture Leslie,….They look great along the highway,…

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Very colorful wild flower Leslie

  • They were wonderful Thanks so much Larry! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
  • Of course come in from the cold!! Thank you so very much for the banner and the Feature :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • deb cole
    deb coleabout 3 years ago

    Oh, Leslie! This is so beautiful!! What a gorgeous thing to find growing beside the road!

  • I had never seen them before Deb they were just beautiful. Thank you so very much :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    Lovely bright and cheerful

  • Well thank you very much :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 3 years ago

    love it, love it sis!

    What a wonderful composition and bright color

  • Thanks Sis I was thrilled when I saw them :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work !!! Bravo!!!
    Your host, Deb
    January 26, 2011

  • Oh WOW Deb! Thank You Very Much! I’m Thrilled. So appreciated!! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtabout 3 years ago

    So vibrant!! Fantastic capture Leslie!! :O]

  • Thanks very much Tracey, I fell in love with this bloom. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • mom23girls
    mom23girlsabout 3 years ago


  • I so appreciate your comment. Thank you. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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