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Bolivar Naturally

Indian Blanket

Gaillardia pulchella

Alternate Names: Firewheel, Showy gaillardia

Family: (Asteraceae) Sunflower

Habitat: Prairies

Height: 1-2 ft.

Bloom Period: February - December

Description: This annual is frequently seen along roadsides, often in large masses. It is easy to grow and thrives in hot, dry conditions. Some Indian blankets are entirely yellow.

The Wildlife Connection: Many species of butterflies are attracted to Indian blankets.

Propagation Tips: Indian Blankets will reseed prolifically if their seeds are allowed to mature. Don't collect seeds until there are no petals left on the flower heads.

Indian Blanket
Indian Blanket

Winnie Burkett. Photographed on the Bolivar Peninsula.

Indian Blanket
Indian Blanket

Winnie Burkett. Photographed on the Bolivar Peninsula.

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