Common Name: Firewheel
Latin Name: Gaillardia pulchella
Habit: An annual wildflower that grows to a height of 1-2 feet.
Leaves: Alternate, lanceolate – oblanceolate and hairy. Leaves on the upper stems are sessile and entire. Leaves on the lower part of the plant are stalked and may be toothed or lobed.
Flowers: The reddish-orange, reddish-purple, flower petals are tipped with yellow and appear all year.
Habitat: It occurs naturally in old fields, roadsides, disturbed sites and beaches.
Landscape: In the home landscape it grows in full sun to part shade with average to dry soils.
Range: It is native to the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH,
OK, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, and WI.
It grows in zones 5a to 11.
Wildlife use: Bees and butterflies use the flowers as a nectar source.