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Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Gaillardia
Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Dazzler'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaillardia (gay-LAR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: x grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dazzler

Category:

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Orange

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bakersfield, California

Broomfield, Colorado

Seymour, Connecticut

Rincon, Georgia

Nilwood, Illinois

Davenport, Iowa

Dundalk, Maryland

Troy, Michigan

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Republic, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Roswell, New Mexico

Kernersville, North Carolina

Bend, Oregon

Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
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1
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Positive

On Sep 6, 2008, BlackDogKurt from Seymour, CT wrote:

Very floriferous. Blooms non-stop all summer long! Looks like an annual the way it blooms with bright yellow and red colors. It should be deadheaded regularly to clean up all the spent blooms. Most Gaillardias tend to be short-lived perennials, burning out after a few years, but they reseed readily.

Positive

On Aug 15, 2007, distantkin from Saint Cloud, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant is very hardy. I dug it up and moved it, divided it, cut it and even accidentaly drove my car over it (only once-long story :o) ) all during a drought! It looked very bad at times, even when I thought it was dead, it still came back!...Here it is-at the end of a hot summer and it is blooming again!
It is a very bright and cheerful plant. I love it!

Neutral

On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

GAILLARDIA - Blanket Flower - Medium 24" - Plant 12" apart. Aptly named. Red with a yellow band.

General Information:
Ever-blooming from the early summer on. Very showy banded flowers "blanket" this plant. The ends of the petals have a torn ruffled appearance. Butterflies are drawn to it.

Plant Care:
New plantlets can be started by cutting straight down along the side of a clump in midsummer. New plants will form at the severed roots. Completely carefee. Best in poor loose soils (no clay).

Positive

On Feb 17, 2005, lucas4310 from Bakersfield, CA wrote:

beautiful perenniel for zone 9 in bakersfield ca

Positive

On Aug 9, 2003, starshine from Bend, OR (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant is very similar to the Rudbeckia, and for a long time I thought that it was some type of Rudbeckia, but it is not. Vivid colours splash your garden with this everblooming flower. It will peek up during the end of June and continue to bloom until it frosts, provided you deadhead the old blooms.