Gaillardia pulchella

Common Names: Firewheel, Indian blanket, Indian blanketflower, sundance
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Aster family

The branching stem of this plant is hairy and upright, growing to 60 cm tall. The leaves are alternate, mostly basal, 4 to 8 cm long, with edges smooth to coarsely toothed or lobed. The pinwheel, daisy-like inflorescences are 4 to 6 cm diameter, vividly colored with red, orange and yellow. The central disc florets of the flower head tend to be more red-violet, with the outer ray florets being yellow. In one variety, almost the entire flower is red, with only the barest tips of the pedals touched with yellow.

In Connecticut they are most commonly found in flower gardens, but potentially also near roadsides and fields. Typically blooms summer to early fall.

Primary Flower Color: Red/Orange
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.