Blanket flower

Gaillardia pulchella

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of Bob Cook
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Blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
gay-LARD-ee-ah pull-KEL-lah
Genus:  Gaillardia
Blanket flower is a bushy annual that produces red or yellow (or red and yellow) flowers over a long season. The blooms are daisy-shaped with a dark purple central disk. Growing to about 18 inches tall, this native of central and southern U.S. and Mexico is nice in a meadow, cut flower garden, border, or rock garden.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Colorful flowers all summer long. U.S. native. Good cut flower.
Care:  Grow in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. Gaillardia tolerates poor soil. Deadhead consistently, but leave some seedheads for the birds.
Propagation:  Start seeds indoors in early spring at 55° to 64°F or sow directly in the garden in late spring or early summer.
Problems:  Watch for aphids, thrips, slugs and snails. Plants may rot in poorly drained soils, and they are prone to mildews, rust, white smut, and leaf spots as well.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower,
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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