Genus: Blanket flower

Gaillardia

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Blanket flower (Gaillardia)
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Asteraceae
This genus contains 30 species of annuals, biennials, and perennials from the prairies and hills of North and South America. They are grown for their abundant, brightly colored, daisy-like flowers on long stems. Some species are short-lived, but they bloom the first year from seed. Grow in a border or cutting garden.
Noteworthy characteristics:  Long blooming, colorful flowers. Tolerate heat and drought. Good cut flowers.
Care:  Blanket flowers need full sun and well-drained soil. They tolerate poor soil. Deadhead regularly.
Propagation: 

Sow annuals where they are to grow in late spring or early summer, or start annual and perennial seeds indoors at 55-64°F in early spring. Divide perennials in spring or start from root cuttings in winter.

Problems: 

Watch for slugs and snails, as well as downy mildew, rust, powdery mildew, white smut, bacterial leaf spots, and Septoria leaf smut.

Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Gaillardia

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Blanket flower
Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'
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Blanket flower
Gaillardia pulchella