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Gaillardia aristata
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Habitat: Open grasslands, dry hillsides, roadsides and open woods.

Description: Grayish in color with alternating, lance shaped leaves.  Leaves are toothed all along the outside.  Lower leaves are longer with stalks, the upper leaves shorter, without a stalk.  One or more flowers per plant on a long stalk.  Yellow petals (florets), become orange at the base.  Central disk purple or reddish and hairy.

Size: 30-60cm tall.

Fun Facts:  The species name "aristata" means "bristly" or "bearded" because of the hairy center!

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing.

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