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Common Name: Indian Blanket

Other Names: Firewheel, Rose-ring Gaillardia

Species Name: Gaillardia pulchella

Plant Type: Forb

Family Name: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Annual
Distribution in the U.S. Central U.S.; from Colorado and Nebraska to New Mexico and Texas
Distribution in Oklahoma Western two-thirds of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Leaves vary from simple and oblong to serrate or toothed


    • Flowers showy; red with yellow tips
    • Flower petals 3-lobed
    • Petals typically have gaps between where they attach
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Leaf Type: Simple
    • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
    • Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate
    • Stipules: Absent
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Petal Number: 9-12
    • Flower Color: Red petals with yellow tips; brownish centers
    • Flower Timing: May-August
    • Fruit Type: Achene



Soil Type Various
Habitat Pastures, fields and rights-of-way
Successional Stage Early to mid


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