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Blanketflower - Gaillardia aristata

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S5

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 4

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General Description
Taprooted perennial. Stems erect, simple or branched, 10–50 cm. Herbage hispid, villous. Leaves basal and alternate, petiolate; blades oblanceolate, 3–12 cm long, entire, dentate or pinnately lobed ca. halfway to the midvein, becoming sessile above. Heads radiate, solitary on peduncles 4–30 cm long; involucre hemispheric, 1–2 cm high; phyllaries ovate to lanceolate, strigose to tomentose, ciliate, spreading; receptacle convex with stiff setae. Ray flowers 12 to 18, sterile, yellow with purple bases; ligules 10–35 mm long, 3-lobed. Disk flowers perfect, 60 to 120, purple-villous at the tip; corolla 5–9 mm long; style appendages elongate, short-hairy. Pappus of 6 to 10 awned scales. Achenes obconic, hirsute at the base, 2–6 mm long (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range
Montana Range


Range Comments
YT to MB south to OR, UT, CO, SD and MN (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 1369

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  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Guenther, G.E. 1989. Ecological relationships of bitterbrush communities on the Mount Haggin Wildlife Management Area. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 73 p.
    • Haglund, B.M. 1972. Ecological effects of weather modification, Bangtail Ridge, Bridger Range, Montana: relationships of pocket gophers (Thomomys talpoides) to time of snow melt. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University. 26 p.
    • Johnson, T. W. 1982. An analysis of pack and saddle stock grazing areas in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. M.Sc.Thesis. Bozeman, MT: Montana State University. 105 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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