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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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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

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:
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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral KatieLovesDogs 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 bonniewong 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 rcn48 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 smiln32 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.


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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