Indian Blanket Wildflower

Published 1:16 pm Monday, July 23, 2018

Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) is a native reseeding annual wildflower that occurs on the Outer Banks, including Pea Island and Currituck National Wildlife Refuges. It also occurs on droughty soils away from the Outer Banks, including Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge. It flowers throughout the growing season and provides high quality foraging habitat to bees and butterflies. The flowers are 2 inches in diameter and are red in the center and tipped with yellow. It grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet. Indian blanket requires exposed soil on which to germinate and reseeds well on blowing sands on sand dunes.