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Gaillardia aristata
blanket flower, great-flowered gaillardia

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon.

Habitat: Dry, open areas at low to middle elevations.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial from a slender taproot, usually with several simple, hairy stems from the base, 2-7 dm. tall.


Leaves narrow, linear-oblong to lance-ovate, up to 15 cm. long and 2.5 cm. wide, entire to coarsely toothed.


Heads solitary or few, on long peduncles, the disk 1.5-3 cm. wide, purple or brownish-purple; involucral bracts pointed, loosely hairy; rays usually 13, 1-3.5 cm. long, yellow but purplish at the base; disk corollas with dense woolly hairs toward the tip, which tend to obscure to pointed lobes; receptacle covered with chaffy bristles that are longer than the achenes; pappus of 6-10 awned scales.