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Gaillardia multiceps (Onion blanketflower)
Northington, David K.

Gaillardia multiceps

Gaillardia multiceps Greene

Onion Blanketflower, Gyp Indian Blanket

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

This West Texas perennial, usually 12-18 inches tall, has bare flower stems, with the leaves at the base of the plant. It is woody at the base. The ray flowers are yellow and deeply 3-lobed. When they fall, the brownish-red center remains, giving the plant a striking appearance.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb , Subshrub
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep



Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1207 Collected 2008-08-20 in Culberson County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Gaillardia multiceps in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Gaillardia multiceps in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Gaillardia multiceps


Record Modified: 2022-12-27
Research By: TWC Staff

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