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Texas Indian Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
The Indian Blanket is one of the most beautiful of all native wildflowers. Every year I wait in anticipation for their arrival in early May. Even though I know how beautiful they are, each year I am always astounded when I first see them. As I am yearly practice, I never mow my 10-acre yard until the Indian Blankets go to seed, so that each year I will have thousands of these wonderful flowers to enjoy.
The Indian blanket is also known as the Firewheel Flower by some. It blooms from May through August in Texas. Traditional herbalists say that tea made from its roots may provide some relief for gastroenteritis. A salve can be made from the roots of the Indian Blanket flower which may provide some relief from some skin irritations. The plant provides a great source of pollen for pollinators such as honeybees. Some birds such as the chickadees, titmice, and warbler. The plant is heat and drought tolerant and requires no maintenance at all. The native range is unknown due to the fact that the flower has long been transported and planted in many regions around the country.
It is possible to extract dye from the plant for use in dying clothes and other crafts. The process for extract dye from this and many other plants can be found in the book “Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest“.
For more information on Texas wildflowers, check out the following books.
Wildflowers of Texas
Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide
Wild Edible Plants of Texas
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