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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Gaillardia pulchella Accepted
Gaillardia pulchella var. picta Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
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
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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
Various insects
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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By dave on July 19, 2014

Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 13, 2011 9:22 AM

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.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 4:53 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 16, 2012 9:48 PM

Grows as annual in North Texas. Self seeds in meadow setting. Great butterfly nectar plant!!!

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 16, 2013 7:10 PM

Oklahoma's state wildflower.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 23, 2020 11:23 AM

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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Discussion Threads about this plant
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What a beautiful blanket! by plantladylin May 1, 2018 8:40 PM 2
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