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Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Gaillardia 'Sundance Bicolor'

Gaillardia pulchella

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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

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

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.