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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin

Indian Blanket   Gaillardia pulchella  var.  pulchella
Sunflower family — Asteraceae

Also known as:
Firewheel, Rose-ring Gaillardia

Slides: (click for larger view)


Indian blankets or firewheels are, along with bluebonnets, perhaps the most familiar wildflowers of Texas. At least seven species are known from the state, and this spring-blooming annual is the most common and the most widespread. It does equally well on sandy and clayey soils. In the picture above with two flower heads, the one to the left represents a very odd and rare form of this wildflower.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)


Flowering Months: April, May, June, July

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