2013 04 28 Blanket Flower Near Kyle TX DSC_0005

Blanketflower –   (Gaillardia pulchella) Another of the wildflowers which appear in abundance in the spring around the Texas Hill Country.  These flowers go by several other names.  Indian Blanket is a very common name for this member of the Aster family.  Firewheel, Rose-ring Gaillardia, and Showy Gaillardia are other common names for this gorgeous flower.  The flower grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet and produces a blossom 1 5/8 to 2 1/8 inches in diameter.  The required habitat is Sandy or somewhat clayey soils of prairies, fields, and woodland openings and in sand or shell along the coast.

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