June 3, 2013

Indian Blanket

It's easy to know when the Indian blanket is in bloom: I pass patches of them on the roadside on my way to town. It's time to take a hike out to the far corner of our place, down the old oil road, to my very own field of flowers where the Indian blanket grows.

Indian blanket, or firewheel, is the official state wildflower of Oklahoma. A member of the aster family, it's an annual plant that grows about a foot tall. The flowers have petals, or rays, that are red at the base, each with three yellow-tipped teeth at the end. The flat flower disks grow on long stems with leaves near the bottom.

Cracker came along, of course. I don't take Pete on these hikes because he is "fence trained" and I don't want to take him where he isn't supposed to go normally. Since Cracker doesn't respect fences, he follows me whether I want him to or not.

I'm going to try to save seeds from the Indian blanket this year. I found directions online:

"The seedhead is a fuzzy ball less than half an inch in diameter. The stem can be cut to dry the seed head indoors, standing upright in a waterless vase, or the seed heads can be plucked by hand from the stem and dried indoors on newspaper. Some seeds will separate on their own from the seed head indicating that the seed head is dry, which takes about five days."

"Harvest the Indian blanket flower seed over a sheet of newspaper. Spread the seeds on the newspaper and allow them to continue to dry for about three days. Roll the newspaper to create a funnel and slide the dried Indian blanket flower seeds into a plastic food storage bag. Place the sealed bag into the freezer."

"Remove the seed bag from the freezer in the spring for planting after danger of frost has passed. Scatter the seeds and cover with about 1/8 inch of soil. Keep the soil moist. Indian blanket flower seeds can take two to six weeks to germinate."

I found a source of Indian blanket seeds online at Local Harvest, but they're not the only source out there.


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  1. What an absolutely gorgeous wildflower! I just love how pretty they are and how bright the colors are! You got some really great photos :)

    Visiting from Eco Kids Tuesday,

  2. Thank you! I'm glad you stopped by. :-)

  3. I have always thought Indian Blanket was a gorgeous flower! Thanks for sharing at Eco-Kids Tuesday. Hope you stop by again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/06/eco-kids-tuesday_11.html

  4. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I can't wait to see what you link up next week! I hope to see you at the (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/
    Have a terrific week!
    Hugs, Cathy


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