Gaillardia pulchella - Blanket flower is part of the Asteraceae family. Blooming from April to October, the field guide states that it is found between 4500 to 6200, but it is growing here at 8,000 feet in elevation on Mount Lemmon, AZ. It was introduced in the Catalinas, but not sure it is considered native. I have seen blanket flowers here on the mountain for several years now. They provide such vivid color to the area, especially after the rains. I have seen them along roadsides, but not on the trails. When I see these blossoms, they remind me of hope and the warm love from the sun. I appreciate the flowers of the mountain. Again, take a picture, not a flower. You are a part of Nature, not an outsider. We need to respect life up here for the plants and animals that rely on the land. We are the caregivers.
Mount Lemmon, AZ
Christina Grossman, MA, CCA, CH
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Field Guide: Rose, F. (2012). Mountain Trees of Southern Arizona: A Field Guide. Tucson, AZ: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press.
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