Gaillardia or Blanket flower
The winter habit shown by some plants of spot flowering is always welcome and a reminder of summer which is when this North American native perennial is at its best. The cool days slow everything down so you can see seed development take place over a longer time. The seeds are often in no hurry to disperse as they are certain conditions would be not right for germination. Spiky seeds of the blanket flowers are perhaps waiting for an animal on patrol so they can attach themselves to fur or fleece.