Gaillardia pulchella Foug.
Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance
Firewheel is native to central North America. It is a member of the aster family. The genus Gaillardia is named for an 18th-century French patron of botany, M. Gaillard de Charentonneau.
Identification: Plants reach 24" (60 cm). The stem is hairy, and multiply branched. Most of the leaves are near the base, 1½-3" (4-8 cm) long, with edges that are smooth or sometimes coarsely toothed. Flowers are the distinctive characteristic of firewheels—each petal is red or red-violet at the base, tipped with yellow, with a brownish red central disk, dividing into three lobes at the end. Sometimes the petals are solid orange or yellow.
Gaillardia pulchella at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Gaillardia pulchella at Southeastern Arizona Wildflowers and the Plants of the Sonoran Desert
Gaillardia pulchella on Native Plants of Texas
Gaillardia pulchella at the University of Florida IFAS Extension
Gaillardia pulchella on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network
Gaillardia pulchella on eFloras
Gaillardia pulchella description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Sep 2013.
Range: Zones 3a-11: