Gaillardia species

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Scientific Name Gaillardia amblyodon USDA PLANTS Symbol
GAAM
Common Name Red Gaillardia, Maroon Blanketflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
37397
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils, open areas; pastures, woodland openings.
Plant: Bushy annual 12 to 20 inches tall.
Leaves: Alternate, oblanceolate, oblong, or spatulate stem leaves 3/4 to 2-3/8 inches long; edges smooth or with very small teeth.
Inflorescence: Composite flower heads up to 2 inches across; 10 to 20 dark red rays not tipped with yellow, 3-lobed tips; 30 to 60 disk florets, corollas yellow or dark red with purple tips.
Blooming Period: April to July.
References: "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi, "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and Flora of North America.
Texas Status
Native
Scientific Name Gaillardia pulchella USDA PLANTS Symbol
GAPU
Common Name Indian Blanket, Blanketflower ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
37410
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet Reference
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Description Habitat: Sandy soils, open areas; prairies, hillsides. Ubiquitous in the Hill Country.
Plant: Bushy annual 1 to 2 feet tall.
Leaves: Linear, oblong, or spatulate leaves 1 to 3-1/2 inches long, with lobed, toothed or smooth edges.
Inflorescence: Composite flower heads 1-1/4 to 2 inches across; 8 to 14 brightly-colored yellow-tipped red rays, rarely all yellow; tips 3-lobed; 40 to 100+ yellow-to-deep red disk florets, corollas often bicolored; involucre with 18 to 28+ phyllaries.
Blooming Period: May to August (mainly).
References: "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist and Flora of North America.
Note: Below are photos of what seem to be extremely rare white G. pulchella, taken at Emma Long Park near Austin.
Texas Status
Native

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