Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

Home to the plants of the Sonoran, Chihuahuan and Mojave Deserts

Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Gaillardia pinnatifida, Red Dome Blanketflower

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Scientific Name: Gaillardia pinnatifida
Common Name: Red Dome Blanketflower
Also Called: Blanket Flower, Blanketflower, Red-dome Blanketflower, Slender Gaillardia, Slender Gallardia, Yellow Gaillardia
Family: Asteraceae, Sunflower Family
Synonyms: (Gaillardia flava; Gaillardia gracilis; Gaillardia mearnsii; Gaillardia pinnatifida var. linearis)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial, rhizomatous roots.
Size: Up to 2 feet.
Growth Form: Forb/herb, subshrub; erect, slender.
Leaves: Light green or greenish-gray; alternate; leaf shape variable; margins pinnately divided, linear lobes mostly on lower parts of plant.
Flower Color: Yellow solitary showy flowers; flower heads up to 2 inches on long slender stalks (peduncles) up to 10 inches or more, radiate heads, ray flowers 5 to 12 or more, ray florets yellow with 3 clefts on margin; numerous disk flowers appear dome shaped, maroon or purplish; fruit is an achene.
Flowering Season: April to October.
Elevation: 3,500 to 7,000 feet.

Habitat Preferences: Upper desert scrub, sunny open clearings in pine forests, pinyon-juniper, grasslands, mesas, plains and sandy areas.

Recorded Range: Southwestern United States; AZ, CO, NM, NV, OK, TX and UT. Also native to northern and central Mexico. In northern, eastern and southern Arizona.

North America & US County Distribution Map for Gaillardia pinnatifida.

U.S. Weed Information: No data available.
Invasive/Noxious Weed Information: No data available.
Wetland Indicator: No data available.
Threatened/Endangered Information: No data available.

Genus Information: 13 species in United States and Canada, 6 species in Arizona. 2 varieties of Gaillardia pinnatifida in Arizona and southwest United States:
Gaillardia pinnatifida linearis, Red Dome Blanketflower
Gaillardia pinnatifida pinnatifida, also called Red Dome Blanketflower.

Comments: Red Dome Blanketflower is a showy plant and highly variable across its wide range. In Arizona it is usually found at elevations above 3,500 feet most often along roadsides.

Gaillardia as a whole are generally referred to as the blanket flowers and many attract insects especially butterflies. Gaillardia are typically produce single flower heads in a variety of colors including yellow, orange, red, purplish, brown, white, or even bicolored. The genus was named after an M. Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-century French magistrate and botanist.

Also see in Southwest Desert Flora, Firewheel, Gaillardia pulchella.

Red Dome Blanketflower is a remedy for many diseases by the Hopi and Navajo, as well as a food preservative by the Havasupai. See species account from Native American Ethnobotany, University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Date Profile Completed: 10/26/2014; Updated, 07/25/2015, updated format 10/10/2017
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John L. Strother, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 21 | Asteraceae | Gaillardia, Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 10/26/2014)
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SEINet for synonyms, scientific names and recorded geographic locations,