Herb: Blanket Flower


Latin name: Gaillardia pinnatifida


Family: Compositae



Medicinal use of Blanket Flower:

The plant is used as a diuretic, taken to give relief from painful urination. An infusion of the leaves is taken internally, and a poultice applied externally, in the treatment of gout.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Perennial


Height:
40 cm
(1 foot)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Open grasslands.

Edible parts of Blanket Flower:

The dried seeds can be ground into a powder then kneaded into seed butter and spread on bread.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division, with care. Root cuttings in the winter.

Cultivation of Blanket Flower:

Open grasslands.

Known hazards of Gaillardia pinnatifida:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.