Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Gaillardia
Gaillardia x grandiflora

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

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 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

This plant is resistant to deer

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Auburn, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Chico, California

Sacramento, California

San Diego, California

Aurora, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Clayton, Delaware

Keystone Heights, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Stuart, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida

Gainesville, Georgia

Hazlehurst, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia

Villa Rica, Georgia

Palmyra, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois

Bloomington, Indiana

Lansing, Kansas

Dundalk, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Milton, Massachusetts

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Springfield, Missouri

Bigfork, Montana

Carson City, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Silver City, New Mexico

Ronkonkoma, New York

Edmond, Oklahoma

Guthrie, Oklahoma

Wilsonville, Oregon

Reading, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Colmesneil, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Woodbridge, Virginia

Cathan, Washington

Liberty, West Virginia

Casper, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Feb 14, 2011, cloud91977 from Spring Valley, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Takes the inland San Diego heat and drought without missing a beat and blooms all year if deadheaded once in a while.

Beautiful w/ the golds and oranges of 'Bright Lights' Cosmos, coreopsis, or calaendula! Lasts about a week in a vase.

This one will reseed, but it's never been a nuisance about it in our garden.

Positive

On Nov 4, 2005, DanceyTx from Midway, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant grows very easily in part shade in our zone 8b in Midway, Texas. They stay very healthy the whole growing season.

Lin

Positive

On May 27, 2004, cghoover8 from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I inherited two well-established gaillardia plants from my house's previous owners. I love them! The flowers go through four distinct stages, each interesting in its own way - they begin with a small burgundy core surrounded by tiny petals, then expand into showy yellow and burgundy flowers. As the petals fall off, the core develops into a round burgundy seedhead, which turns white as it matures. The plants have started blooming already now in May, and bloomed until frost last year shortly after we moved in - I don't know if the previous owners had to deadhead like crazy to keep them going, but it seems like they just go and go. All of this is in alpine desert conditions (Albuquerque, NM) with very little supplemental watering. They are probably too eccentric and messy-looking for a ... read more

Neutral

On Nov 30, 2000, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Gaillardia x grandiflora are hybrids of G. aristata and G. pulchella. The most commonly grown species. Grandiflora forms mounds and grows to 3' high and wide. Flowerheads get 3" to 4" in diameter and come in red, yellow, orange, burgundy or a mix of above colors.

Best cultivated in full sun in well drained soil. Tolerates heat, cold, dryness, strong wind, and poor soil. Propagate from seed or division.