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Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Gaillardia
Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Summer's Kiss'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaillardia (gay-LAR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: x grandiflora (gran-dih-FLOR-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer's Kiss
Additional cultivar information:(PP15293, aka Summers Kiss)
Hybridized by Gibb
Registered or introduced: 2003

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Coral/Apricot

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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

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:

Patented

Propagation Methods:

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:

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:

Sacramento, California

Little Falls, Minnesota

Cincinnati, Ohio

North Augusta, South Carolina

Paris, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jan 25, 2006, KatieLovesDogs from Indianapolis, IN wrote:

The flowers are stunning. I LOVE the color. However, it can be a heartbreaker. I have a difficult time overwintering this cultivar, although I have never had problems with other gaillardia cultivars that I have grown.

Positive

On Nov 24, 2005, bonniewong from edmonton
Canada wrote:

Beautiful color, compact habit. Cut back plant in August for better overwintering. If left it can bloom itself too death. It blooms from midsummer to late fall.

Positive

On Oct 14, 2004, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

First year for us growing this plant. It started blooming in June and with regular deadheading is still blooming in October!

Neutral

On Oct 13, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Gaillardia is a plant that likes soil to be a bit drier, so don't overwater it. Summer's Kiss is no exception. Its flowers are attractive to butterflies and bees. Needs full sun to grow well and needs deadheading after blooms fade.