A close up photograph of part of a Gaillardia pulchella flower showing some of the disk florets and some of the ray florets. Common names for this wildflower are Gaillardia, Firewheel, and Rosering Blanket Flower. This photo was made in April in Florida.
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A frequent wildflower of open areas, beach sides and other disturbed sites throughout much of Florida, mostly but not exclusively coastal counties. The range extends throughout much of the United States except Kentucky, West Virginia and some northwest states. Firewheel is also found in Alaska, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.
This annual or short-lived perennial is freely branched mostly at the base with ribbed stems. The leaves are alternate, hairy, lanceolate to narrowly oblanceolate and are highly variable, with lower leaves pinnately lobed and stalked, upper leaves enti...