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A fireless firewheel

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Yellow Gaillardia Flower Head 6845

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The last picture showed a firewheel, Gaillardia pulchella, that was unusual because it had ray flowers with white rather than yellow tips. Now here’s another uncommon specimen, this time with rays that are completely yellow and a central disk that has barely a blush of the usual red that people expect to see in this popular wildflower (and that shines through from a “regular” firewheel in the background). This is further confirmation of botanist Thomas J. Watson’s statement that “G. pulchella is a highly variable taxon, especially in floret colors, and I have seen a broad variety of ligule coloration in the taxon.”

I found this and a few other fireless firewheels on May 14th in the fringe of Great Hills Park that’s accessed from Taylor-Draper Lane.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 23, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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