Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


582

Forb
Short-lived perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandy flats behind the dunes, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Rays: Red & Yellow
Disc: Same color as the basal portion of rays
Disc flowers bisexual/ Ray flowers sterile
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gaillardia pulchella var. picta   FAMILY Asteraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-74-001:
Gaillardia pulchella   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Gaillardia picta

 

COMMON NAME:
Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket


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image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

Gill Newberry    gn01_g_pulchella_flower

January        

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

Keith Bradley    kab_g_pulchella_00110

April    Monroe County    FL

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

Keith Bradley    kab_g_pulchella_00116

April    Monroe County    FL

Rays bright reddish-purple, usually yellow-tipped; disk purplish, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

Keith Bradley    kab_g_pulchella_00124

April    Monroe County    FL

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

Keith Bradley    kab_g_pulchella_00127

April    Monroe County    FL

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm0309p_02

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm0309p_08

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Leaves hairy; narrowly oblanceolate; toothed, pinnately lobed or entire, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm0111b_19a

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Flower color is variable; on some individuals rays may be entirely yellow, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm161105_106

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm161105_107

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm161105_109

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm161105_111

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

image of Gaillardia pulchella var. drummondi, Beach Blanket Flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel, Indian Blanket

JK Marlow    jkm161105_112

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park