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Gaillardia pulchella (Blanket flower, Indian blanket)

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Eudicotyledons > Core Eudicots > Asterids > Euasterid II > Family: Asteraceae: Tribe: Helenieae > Genus: Gaillardia

Gaillardia pulchella, in Cape Town garden. [photo H. Robertson, Iziko ]

Native to south and central USA, and to Mexico. Grown as a garden ornamental flower and has become naturalised in southern Africa. Common name refers to the similarity of the colours to a traditional blanket of native Americans.