Jul. 23, 2018

blanket-flower, Gaillardia pulchella

Oklahoma gives us choices. The state flower is a rose. The state floral emblem in mistletoe. The state tree is redbud. And, finally, the state wildflower is blanket-flower. An appropriate flower for the former Indian Territory? It is named in reference to colorful Indian blankets. There are many aspects to the history of the Indian Territory, not many of which are celebrated by the Indians. Still, it's a beautiful bloom. It too has been displaced from its native southwest, and now lives dispersed across the continent. It has been found in every state except ID, KY, MD, MT, ND, NJ, OR, RI, UT, and WA, and from MB, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 8/28/11.