October 22, 2017

Ring of Fire

Gaillardia pulchella - firewheel or Indian blanket

Janine Pineo Photo | Gaillardia pulchella – firewheel or Indian blanket – surrounded by blossoms of Echium vulgare

Native to the United States is Gaillardia pulchella, a sprightly heirloom that has naturalized across dozens of states, including Maine. Also known as firewheel or Indian blanket, this member of the aster family grows up to 24 inches tall, thriving in heat and tolerating some drought. The brilliant red petals are edged with yellow to varying degrees, making the abundant blooms look like flames. Hardy to Zone 2, firewheel will reseed in optimal conditions if not deadheaded during its bloom time. This wildflower is the state flower of Oklahoma.