Wednesday, September 29, 2010

OK State Wildflower

These are some photos I took of the Oklahoma State Wildflower Indian Blanket (Gaillardia puchella). One of the civic groups planted wildflower seeds along the interstate highway right-of-way in Western Oklahoma. Some of the beautiful flowers continue to come up and bloom every year, despite being mowed down over and over again each summer. The Indian Blanket is also sometimes called the Fire Wheel.

When it comes to state flora, one must be careful to differentiate in Oklahoma. The Sooner State is represented, in one way or another, by three official flowers:

Supported by House Bill No. 1649, The indian blanket was adopted as the official state wildflower of Oklahoma on May 7, 1986.

Official floral emblem - Mistletoe

Official state wildflower - Indian Blanket

Official state flower - Hybrid Tea Rose, "Oklahoma"

These photos are not the best example of the Indan Blanket, it is truly a beautiful wild flower.

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