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Gaillardia pulchella 'Sundance Bicolor'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaillardia (gay-LAR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: pulchella (pul-KEL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sundance Bicolor
Additional cultivar information: (aka Sundance, Sundance Bicolour)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


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
Flowers are good for cutting

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:
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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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BUFFY690 On May 18, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love my goblins, putting in about 8 of these plants today, can't wait I love me some gaillardia.

Neutral Joan On Jul 25, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Gaillardia pulchella is a herbaceous, re-seeding annual. Occasionally it will act like a short lived perennial by coming back the second year. It exibits more heat tolerance than other species.

Positive jg48650 On Jul 29, 2006, jg48650 from Pinconning, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite annuals. I bought it at a home improvement store in June, and it has only grown larger and larger (horizontally). What I find so attractive is that there are so many different flower colors on one plant. The flowers range from almost fully red, to half-and-half red/yellow, to almost fully yellow. The petal patterns around the center also seem to vary. It's a great addition to our front fence.

Neutral smiln32 On May 17, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy, long-blooming and tolerant of heat, drought and poor soils. Don't overwater it. Needs full sun to grow well and needs deadheading after blooms fade. It is a major attractor to bees and butterflies.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Marion, Arkansas
Cordele, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Bellaire, Michigan
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Blackwood, New Jersey
Himrod, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Portland, Oregon
North Augusta, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
Knoxville, Tennessee
Stephenville, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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