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Blanket Flower Gaillardia pulchella

The Blanket Flower is a short-lived annual noted for its brilliant daisy-like flowers. Its name may have come from its resemblance to the brightly colored blankets made by North American natives. Its range is central and eastern U.S.

This plant likes prairies, sandy fields and roadsides.  In Florida, it is found in open sandy areas near the coasts.  It is a branching plant with hairy stems, each bearing one flower head with reddish rays, tipped with yellow, surrounding a reddish central disk.  It grows to a height of 1 to 1.5 feet.  The flowers bloom in the summer.

The photos on this page were taken at Anastasis State Park.

The distribution maps for the Blanket Flower are from the Plants Database of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).