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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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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


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
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

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:

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

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cloud91977 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 DanceyTx 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.


Positive cghoover8 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 refined garden, but they work out great in our more casual layout.

Neutral jody 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.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Chico, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
Aurora, Colorado
Edgewater, Colorado
Clayton, Delaware
Fruitville, Florida
Keystone Heights, Florida
Macgregor, Florida
North River Shores, Florida
Gainesville, Georgia
Hazlehurst, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Palmyra, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Bloomington, Indiana
Lansing, Kansas
Dundalk, Maryland
Milton, Massachusetts
Blaine, Minnesota
Pleasant Valley, Missouri
Bigfork, Montana
Carson City, Nevada
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Silver City, New Mexico
Ronkonkoma, New York
Cedar Valley, Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma
Wilsonville, Oregon
Reading, Pennsylvania
East Sumter, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Colmesneil, Texas
Princeton, Texas
West Valley City, Utah
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Cathan, Washington
Liberty, West Virginia
Bessemer Bend, Wyoming

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