It's time to vote on our 2017 photo contest! Vote for your favorite photos of the year here!

Gaillardia, Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket 'Mesa Yellow'

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)
Cultivar: Mesa Yellow
Additional cultivar information:(Mesa series)
View this plant in a garden



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early 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:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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:

Enterprise, Alabama

Chandler, Arizona

Ramona, California

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Elba, New York

Norfolk, Virginia

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 26, 2013, Seedfork from Enterprise, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

My garden is young, just starting its third year. In such a short time I still have had a few plants that I thought were outstanding. Mesa Yellow Gaillardia is certainly one of them. It has maintained the beautiful green foliage and has continued to bloom those bright yellow blooms since being planted in the hot summer till now, near the end of January. How much longer it will continue this show is yet to be seen. It would be hard for me to say enough good things about this plant. So far no bugs and no special treatment of any kind has been needed.


On Jul 30, 2012, thinkinonit from Norfolk, VA wrote:

pretty impressed so far... I transplanted this flower during our heatwave with heat index of 105-110 daily for a week. I watered it every morning and it has done really well, better than some of the other species I put in to "fill space"" for now. I hope this one makes it back next year I will plan on cutting off it for more plants.