Index- plants in this Family
Asteraceae / Aster
Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)
Firewheel is also known as Rosering Blanket Flower and Fire-wheel. Blanket Flower and Bandana Daisy are applied to the entire genus.

Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant which can reach 75cm in height (30inches). It may be an annual or, in the deep south a perennial. It may be erect, usually somewhat decumbent.
Leaves: The leaves are alternate. The leaves range from nearly entire to slightly toothed (serrate) to being deeply, pinnately lobed.
Flowers: The flowers have numerous parts and are up to 7cm wide (2.75 inches). They are red to purple with yellow or white tips sometimes all yellow. Blooms first appear in mid spring and continue into mid fall. May bloom throughout the year in Florida. The bracts distingush this species from others in the genus by being tapered to narrow points and having a hairy base.
Habitat: Well drained (sandy) open areas.
Range: Principally a southwestern species found eastward to Florida and in very scattered locations through much of the eastern and central U. S.

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Gaillardia pulchell is the state flower of Oklahoma. The flower is popular in gardens so it is likely that it often escapes cultivation,


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More Info:  
The Search below may provide more information about this species. Some of URLs may have been used as a source for this page not otherwise cited. Most of the information not cited comes from multiple sources that can be found in the Books page. The USDA plant links are provided by: USDA, NRCS 1999. The PLANTS database (http://plants.usda.gov/). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA. You can check species names at ITIS Advanced Search to see if they meet the current ITIS taxonomic criteria.
 

By: Newcomb, Lawrence and Illustrated by Morrison, Gordon. 1977, Little, Brown and Company, ISBN:0-316-60442-9

One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.


Wildflo wers of Tennessee the Ohio Valley and the Southern Appalachians
By: Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart and Thomas E. Hemmerly and David Duhl. , ISBN:1551054280

This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.



Classification:  
Kingdom
Plantae
Plants
|Division
Magnoliophyta
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
|Class
Magnoliopsida
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves
|Subclass
Asteridae
Aster
||Family
Asteraceae
Aster
|Subfamily

|Tribe

|Genus
Gaillardia
Blanket Flowers

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