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Gaillardia pulchella

Gaillardia pulchella Foug.

 

Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusGaillardiaAfter Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-century French magistrate, naturalist and patron of botany
SpeciespulchellaDerived from the Latin for “beautiful”

About plant names...

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.

Online References:

Gaillardia pulchella at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Gaillardia pulchella on Missouriplants.com

Gaillardia pulchella on Wikipedia

Gaillardia pulchella on FLORIDATA

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 (Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance)

8/28/2013 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 3½ × 3" (9.7 × 8.5 cm)

Gaillardia pulchella (Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance)

8/28/2013 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 5 × 4½" (12 × 11 cm)

Gaillardia pulchella description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Sep 2013.

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Gaillardia pulchella (Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance)

6/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 19 × 16" (47 × 41 cm)

Gaillardia pulchella (Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Gaillardia pulchella (Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance)

5/25/2009 · Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, AZ
≈ 7 × 5" (18 × 12 cm)

Gaillardia pulchella (Gaillardia, Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Sundance)

8/28/2013 · Pearl Hill State Park, Townsend, MA
≈ 6 × 7" (14 × 16 cm)

Range: Zones 3a-11:

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