Blanket Flower
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Blanket Flower
ntroduced Photo: Jasbir Singh
Common name: Blanket Flower, Firewheel, Indian blanket
Botanical name: Gaillardia pulchella    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)

Blanket flower is a short-lived annual flowering plant native to the central United States. The branching stem of this plant is hairy and upright, growing to 2 ft tall. The leaves are alternate, mostly basal, 4-8 cm long, with edges smooth to coarsely toothed or lobed. The pinwheel, daisy-like inflorescences are 4-6 cm diameter, vividly colored with red, orange and yellow. The central disc florets of the flowerhead tend to be more red-violet, with the outer ray florets being yellow. In one variety, almost the entire flower is red, with only the barest tips of the pedals touched with yellow.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Ludhiana, Punjab.
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