General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 14 inches - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Red
Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Depth to plant seed: 1/8" (3 mm)
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: Seed Volunteers
Pollinators: Beetles
Bees
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

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Common names
  • Blanket Flower
  • Indian Blanket
  • Firewheel
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Gaillardia pulchella
  • Synonym: Gaillardia pulchella var. picta

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Location: Front pasture
Date: 2018-04-26
Location: 35.22794° N, 75.63059° W
Date: 2021-06-12
Location: Molly Hollar Wildscape Arlinton, Texas.
Date: Spring 2010
This plant is an annual but oh so pretty.
Location: Front pasture
Date: 2018-04-26
Showing less red than most blooms
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-06-28
Location: Southern Pines, NC (Bell Ave.)
Date: March 29, 2023
Blanket flower #412; RAB p. 1031, 179-74-1. AG p. 288, 55-64-?;
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2019-04-18
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2017-08-17

Date: 2016-07-13
Brownstown Pennsylvania
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: North Louisiana
Date: Summer
Gaillardia pulchella - Indian blanket
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Texas
Date: 2022-04-08
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2015-05-22
From a region-specific wildflower seed mix.
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2019-03-21
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Texas
Date: 2022-04-08
Location: January, 2024
Date: 2024-01-27
Dimorphic leaves
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Date: 2023-05-14
  • Uploaded by gwu
Location: Carolina beach, North Carolina (dune complex along beach)
Date: May 23, 2023
Blanket flower #412; RAB p. 1031, 179-74-1. AG p. 288, 55-64-?;
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Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-05-06
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-05-30
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-04
Location: Copperton, Utah, United States
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: Copperton, Utah, United States
Date: 2017-06-25
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Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-05-18
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-05-29
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
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Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-07-04
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2019-04-29
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2020-08-22
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Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-11
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-02-26
New growth after several hard freezes
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-03-08
I grew this plant from seed. It was still covered in blooms in De
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: nov.10, 2013
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-06
Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly sipping upon the bloom
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-05-18
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2014-06-09
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2014-06-09
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: Twisp
Date: August
Going to seed
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
side view of bud
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-06-18
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-28
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  • Uploaded by vic
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Location: Fairfax, VA | October 2022
Date: 2022-09-29
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Kill Devil Hills, NC | June, 2022
Date: 2022-06-11
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Humble, TX.
Date: June
credit:  DanielCD
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2017-04-15
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-06-04

Date: August 9, 2009
Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
Date: August 9, 2009
Location: Meadow
Date: 2012-05-16
Texas Native Indian Blanket
Location: NE., Fl.
Date: Nov.11, 2013
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-05-18
Location: Lutz, FL
Date: 2016-05-18
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2016-04-15
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-05-28
Developing seed head
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-07
top view of bud
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-04-24
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-06-19
Indian Blanket Flower 008
Location: My Garden
Date: 2013-06-30
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona
Date: 2019-03-21
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Comments:
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 13, 2011 9:22 AM concerning plant:
    Gaillardia is a North America native found from Virginia to Florida and westward to Colorado and New Mexico. The plant forms 12"-24" tall clumps with soft hairy divided leaves. The flowers can be single, double or semidouble and appear on long stems held above the foliage. Blanket Flower is considered an annual but will readily reseed. It likes hot, sunny areas, is salt tolerant, and blooms throughout the summer. Deadheading will prolong flowering.
  • Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 16, 2012 9:48 PM concerning plant:
    Grows as annual in North Texas. Self seeds in meadow setting. Great butterfly nectar plant!!!
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:53 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 16, 2013 7:10 PM concerning plant:
    Oklahoma's state wildflower.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 23, 2020 11:23 AM concerning plant:
    Frequent along roadsides in the Southwest, these wildflowers stand like hundreds of showy Fourth of July pinwheels at the top of slender stalks. Varieties are popular in cultivation, for they tolerate heat and dryness.
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