Sunday, May 27, 2012

Gaillardia pulchella – Firewheel

Gaillardia pulchella - Indian Blanket, Firewheel
Gaillardia pulchella has several common names, including "indian blanket" and "firewheel."

Gaillardia pulchella is an easily grown annual commonly cultivated for its showy flowers. The flowers are exceptionally attractive to native bees as well as to a wide variety of both large and small butterflies. Although commonly regarded as native to Florida, the genus is centered in the great plains of the United States. Also, Florida plants exhibit wide variation in the size, form, and color of the ray florets (the so-called petals of a daisy), and this bolsters the possibility that perhaps some populations in Florida are derived from plants that escaped cultivation. This particularly showy form was photographed on a deeply overcast day at the Native Choice Nursery in Boynton Beach on Saturday, May 26, 2012.

Image and text © 2012 Rufino Osorio

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