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Firewheel flowers

Gaillardia pulchella


Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) is a short-lived perennial or annual noted for its brilliant, daisy-like flowers. The large centers of the flowers are rose-purple and the dense, frilly petals are yellow, orange, crimson or copper scarlet. Flowers appear in summer and are 2-3 in (5-7.6 cm) across and are held upon 18-36 in (46-91 cm) light green stems. Indian blanket grows in 14-24 in (35.6-61 cm) high mounds with a spread of about 12 in (30 cm).


There are more than two dozen species of Gaillardia. Most of these are native to North America including G. pulchella which is found from Virginia to Florida and westward to Colorado and New Mexico extending south into Mexico.


Find them in full bloom in summer in the plains. These I found growing on the hills.

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جموں و کشمیر, India

Spotted on Jun 24, 2011
Submitted on Oct 1, 2011

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