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Indian Blanket Flower

When you think of the beach, wildflowers are not usually the first image that comes to mind. Believe it or not, there are many interesting wildflowers you can find at the beach!

The Indian Blanket Flower (Gallardia pulchella) is a wonderful wildflower that flourishes in sandy soils. It is also known as the “fire wheel” because of its flame-colored petals. At the beach, you will sometimes find it amongst dune sunflowers. The Indian Blanket can also be abundantly found in meadows and prairies.

This wildflower is the state flower of Oklahoma. It is believed to hold medicinal properties to fight ailments such as gastroenteritis. The Kiowa Indians celebrated this flower as token of good luck.

 

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