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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Indian Blanket

Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

        Found widespread across the United States, except the northwestern states, this easily recognized plant is known by various common names, the most common being Indian Blanket or Firewheel.
       The state wildflower of Oklahoma, the Indian Blanket, produce beautiful two inch red, yellow tipped flowers in the late spring and summer. The petals (ray flowers) are yellow tipped turning to red toward the central disk (disk flowers).
      They may form, where seeded, large patches of red and yellow along roadsides and fields. The combinations of these colors form a pattern reminiscent of the weave of some Native American blankets.
      These are annual plants, dying and re-seeding themselves in one growing season. The Indian Blanket is easily grown, and once started will return year after year.

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