Firewheel - Common Blanket Flower - Fanfare
Gaillardia pulchella
Asteraceae (Aster) Family

Plant is an upright, hairy annual or short-lived perennial with ribbed stems. The head featured on this page is commonly referred to as "Fanfare." Its distribution outside the domestic garden is occasional, as it has generally escaped from prepared plots along the Department of Transportation public highway system. The preferred habitat is sandy roadsides, fields, dunes and prairies.

The leaves are alternate on the stem; simple in form, toothed margins or slightly lobed; short leaf stems (petiolate); lance-like to oblanceolate.

The flowers are solitary heads on terminal stems; long peduncle. Each flower is symmetrical in form and bisexual in nature. Generally, the color will be dark brown to deep red. The ray flowers are sterile, numerous, red tipped with yellow in various degrees. Flowers occur throughout the year from April to December.

Fruit is achene (a seed which outer layer is fused to it).

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