Indian blanket is an annual, rarely a biennial, wildflower in the prairie. Indian blanket is readily recognized by its very showy heads with bright purplish red and yellow heads. They flower from late May to August. This native forb is in the Asteraceae family, also known as the sunflower family.
Indian blanket often forms large populations in pastures, fields and along roadsides. Most populations are found in the western two-thirds of the state. The Kiowa Indians collected the flowers and brought them into their houses as a “good-luck” plant. The heads serve as a nectar source for butterflies.