The photo at right shows blanket flower as seen along The Dalles Mt. Road to the northeast of The Dalles, OR.........1999.
Blanket flower is a pretty wildflower, with one to several stems arising from a slender taproot to 70 cm in height. The herbage is somewhat hairy. The leaves are long and narrow, being oblanceolate to linear-oblong, at the most, 15 cm long and 2.5 cm wide. The margins are variable, ranging from entire, to coarsely serrate or pinnatifid.
The flower heads are solitary to a few per stem. The disk is purple to brownish-purple and commonly 1-5-3.5 cm wide. The 6-16 rays (usually 13) are yellow with purplish bases and range from 1-3.5 cm long. It makes an interesting addition to a naturalized dry garden.
Blanket flower is a plant of open places at low to middle elevations. It is found in dry meadows, prairies, and along roadsides where it may collect some of the runoff from the road surface.
Blanket flower is found from British Columbia east to Saskatchewan, and south east of the Cascades to northern Oregon and hence east through northern Utah to Colorado and South Dakota.
In the Columbia River Gorge, it is found between the elevations of 0'-3000' in areas east of approximately Beacon Rock.
Blanket flower still in bloom (left) on slopes above the Crawford Oaks Trailhead, Columbia Hills State Park..........October 12, 2013. Another blanketflower from half a mile east of the previous flower is shown in the photo at right........)ctober 2, 2016.