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Indian Blanket Blanket

Ron Russell

Newport, United States

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Canon SX40 HS
Frisco, Texas, USA
After checking into my hotel in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, for a company meeting I grabbed my camera and headed out for a late afternoon walk. Surprisingly, I came upon an open field just a stone’s throw from the hotel. I spotted patches of orange throughout the field. I soon discovered that I had added a new and distinctly beautiful wildflower to my list.

Gaillardia pulchella Foug.
Firewheel, Indian Blanket
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Firewheel or indian blanket is a popular annual growing 1-2 ft. tall. The hairy stem is usually much-branched and becomes woody at the base late in the season. Branched stems, mostly leafy near the base, have showy flower heads with rays red at base, tipped with yellow, each with 3 teeth at broad end. The well-known flower heads are 1-2 in. across with a red center and a yellow outer band. Occasionally the three-cleft rays are solid orange or yellow. The disk flowers in the center are brownish red.

Frequent along roadsides in the Southwest, these wildflowers stand like hundreds of showy Fourth of July pinwheels at the top of slender stalks. Varieties are popular in cultivation, for they tolerate heat and dryness. Among several species in the Southwest, some flowers are entirely yellow.
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