Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info) Genus: Gaillardia (gay-LAR-dee-uh) (Info) Species: x grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info) Cultivar: Oranges & Lemons Additional cultivar information: (PP17092, aka Saint Clements, St. Clements) Hybridized by Hardy; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
I have been gardening for forty years and was always told that gaillardia was a "foolproof" perennial. Yet, I have never been able to get it to winter over. Perhaps the winters here (zone 6-north Idaho) are too wet for it, I don't know. I still buy a few each spring, but I don't expect them to be perennial.
I wish I knew what I was doing wrong, since it is a spectacular plant, but I don't buy many annuals.
On May 1, 2012, TexasGarden18 from The Colony, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
This hardy gaillardia has bloomed in amended clay soil from when it was planted in mid-July of last year, through a mild Dallas winter, and into spring! These gorgeous heavy-bloomers play nicely with Henry Duelberg sage and hot pink Samba portulaca.
On Apr 25, 2012, tacomagardener from Tacoma, WA wrote:
I am beginning to wonder if mine will return after reading so many people saying that theirs did not winter over. I am in zone 8b, and I don't see any sign of it returning yet. It's suppose to be Zone 4 hardy..so what's going on?..I did love it though. Kept blooming as I deadheaded.
On Apr 6, 2012, Zuluqueen504 from Monroe, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I bought this plant last summer and it bloomed until late December. It started blooming again this February. It blooms profusely and I get tons of compliments on it. I have it in a mixed front bed with purple veronica, blue salvia, and white petunias. It's a great look. The orange really pops!
On Jun 9, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
Planted this back in 2009 after I saw it at the local Home Depot... It bloomed spasely it's first year and I was also deadheading to get more blooms.. In 2010 the plant seemed weak and without as many blooms as it had in 2009.
2011 the plant did not come back..
As others have stated, I am in zone 6, and all three plants I bought did not overwinter. Really stinks because the mail-order company I bought them from lists them as a zone 3-10!!
My Tokajers are all coming in nicely though. Oh well. I'll try something else instead.
On Oct 12, 2009, shelbsyd from Oakley, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:
This is one of the only plants that I have that my dog did not destroy, when she trampled on it, it came back. It is very drought tolarant,I live in zone 9. It blooms constantly and the more you cut the flowers, the more it blooms. I planted mine in the spring and it has been blooming constantly since about May. I love this plant so much I plan on buying several this spring! I even bought another Blanket flower that blooms red and yellows. I just love, love, love this plant!! Great for desert conditions!
On Jun 7, 2009, cmsjjdr from Panama City, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:
I love this plant. I bought a small plant last fall and it grew all winter. I covered it when we had the few freezing nights and it did not seem at all fazed by the cold weather. By spring I had a plant about 3 times the size as the one I bought and it started blooming in February. The warmer the weather got the more it has bloomed. I pick 5 to 10 flowers per day. I have also been able to root some pieces and they are now blooming in an area I hope they will spread. I am letting those make seeds.
On May 27, 2009, gardadore from Saylorsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
I love this plant as it blooms so well all summer and is really showy. The problem is that it does not come back well. I am a Zone 6a. One of two came back last year and I replaced the dead one. This year only one seems to be trying to come back but is VERY weak so I don't think it will amount to much. I am still willing to buy new ones, but only on sale, and treat them as annuals because they are so magnificent!
On Dec 28, 2008, Jon0523 from Green Valley, AZ wrote:
Excellent. Zone 9a Steady blooming (even in the scorching summer )from late March until late December '08 when the first frost occured. Began to bloom again by early Feb. '09. Planted in heavy clay soil with drip irrigation as indicated by the season. This is a tireless heavy blooming addition to an Arizona garden.
On Jun 3, 2008, GrassLovers from Saint Charles, IL wrote:
Well, I planted this last year around May (Chicago Suburbs) and it bloomed wonderfully for the first few months. In late August I was doing some maintenance and discovered this Gaillardia's root system had completely died. It pulled right out of the ground with out effort. I don't know if the soil was too dry but I have catmint and Joe Pye Weed near it an they are both thriving in the same type of soil. Its worth trying (maybe start with one) because the bloom is awesome and there are few plants that will give you the same color.
On May 24, 2006, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:
This is one hard working plant!
In Oct 05, I moved mine from a 3" pot to the garden. Apr 3, 06 the 1st bloom opened. It has been blooming non-stop for 2 months now and hasn't missed a beat. It is now covered with dozens and dozens of blooms in myriad, brilliant shades of yellow and orange. I'd like to dead head it but it just won't stop producing those gorgeous blooms long enough, and I just can't cut them off. In my garden, many flowers have come and gone this spring. This plant has been the one constant, always loaded with fresh blooms, never looking dull or worn or tired.
This is a winner!
Above are my initial remarks entered near the end of the growing season and unedited (except to fix a typo, oops). I am, however, changing my rating from Positive to Neutral because, much to my chagrin, this plant did not appear to come back the following year. I'm a bit surprised, especially considering the huge number of seeds heads the plant brandished. To be honest, I did a poor job of weeding and caring for the plants in that area, so the failure may have been mine.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, El Mirage, Arizona Green Valley, Arizona Cabot, Arkansas Oakley, California Richmond, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Terramuggus, Connecticut Deerfield Beach, Florida Lehigh Acres, Florida Macgregor, Florida Panama City, Florida Cordele, Georgia Rathdrum, Idaho Chicago, Illinois Downers Grove, Illinois Glendale Heights, Illinois Nilwood, Illinois Hebron, Kentucky Monroe, Louisiana Laytonsville, Maryland Cochituate, Massachusetts Franklin, Massachusetts Dearborn Heights, Michigan Gardnerville Ranchos, Nevada Chesterfield, New Jersey Denville, New Jersey Rochester, New York Schenectady, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Bexley, Ohio Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Spring Grove, Pennsylvania Oakland, South Carolina Orangeburg, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee Toone, Tennessee Carrollton, Texas Garland, Texas Hebron, Texas Princeton, Texas Kalama, Washington Sumner, Washington Vancouver, Washington Cheyenne, Wyoming