The Gaillardia, also known as Blanketflower, is one of the most colorful of the wildflowers in Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s vibrant reds, oranges and yellows are just spectacular.
The Gaillardia grows in clumps to about 20″ tall with 3″ flowers from June to September. You can see them along the roads and in the grasslands of Estes Park and along the roads and trails in Rocky Mountain National Park.
The first photograph shows a Gaillardia in full bloom. The second photograph show one that has gone by and is ready to disperse its seeds. You can see how the flower looks like a ball of puff with the little seeds in the little compartments ready to fall out or get blown away.
Have you ever seen one?