General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: red and yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Beetles

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Common names
  • Blanket Flower
  • Common gaillardia
  • Indian Blanket
  • Indian Blanketflower
  • Great blanketflower
  • Blanketflower
  • Brown-eyed susan
  • Brown Eyed Susan

Photo Gallery
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-04-21
Indian Blanket 001

Photo credit: Ermell
Location: Twisp
Date: July
From seed

Date: 2016-09-02
Location: In my garden
Date: 2014-09-05

Date: 2020-06-29
Tag said Barbican Red.  Not on data base.
Location: Absaroka Range in Wyoming
Date: 2013-07-25

Date: 2014-08-21
photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau Inc.
Location: zone 8 North Central, Fl.
Date: 2017-12-23
Location: Home in Yuba City, CA
Date: 2009
Bee on Blanket Flower
Location: In my garden
Date: 2014-09-05
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-07-13
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2018-02-26

Date: 2016-09-02

Date: 2016-09-02
Photo by Cat
  • Uploaded by Cat

Date: c. 1836
illustration from 'Annales de flore et de pomone', 1836
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-07-31
Location: Twisp
Date: August
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Spring 2011
This plant is evergreen and blooms in the spring.
Photo by LindaTX8
Location: Tabby's Garden
Date: june
grown from seed
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-06-02
Blanket Flower - Gaillardia aristata  002
Location: along fence of Lockheed Martin manufacturing site in Ft Worth, Tx
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2013-04-20

Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Twisp
Date: July
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast (z8b)
Date: March
Blanket flower is easily grown from seed.  These young plants cam
Location: Ankara, Turkey
Date: 2017-07-09
Location: Fort Worth, Tx
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-08-15

Date: 2016-09-02
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-04-12
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-04-12
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-04-12
Location: My garden in Belgium
Date: 2009-08-01
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-06-10
Location: Tabby's Garden
Date: june
grown from seed

Date: 2015-07-20
Location: IL
Date: 2009-08-11
Location: along fence of Lockheed Martin manufacturing site in Ft Worth, Tx
Date: 2014-05-22

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Location: Canoga Park, California
Date: 2011-06-10
Location: Cascade of Time Garden, Banff, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-01
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-05-03
ripe & ready to go
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-03-04
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-03-04
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-03-04
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-03-04
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2015-05-27
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2012-04-12
Photo by stilldew
Location:  Jasper, Canada | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-04

Date: 2015-07-20
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Spring 2010
Blooming while very small.

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Comments:
  • Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on May 16, 2016 10:13 AM concerning plant:
    According to IPNI G. aristata was collected by Meriwether Lewis in Montana, July 1806. This is approximately three months before the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The plant was described in 1813 by Friedrich Traugott Pursch.
  • Posted by Catmint20906 (PNW WA half hour south of Olympia - Zone 8a) on Aug 1, 2014 7:16 PM concerning plant:
    According to the NPIN, Gaillardia aristata has special value to native bees.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jul 9, 2014 4:59 AM concerning plant:
    One of my favorites. Starts blooming in spring and goes all summer long here. Very colorful low bloomer. Happy with dry soil conditions. Easy to grow from seed.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 12:00 PM concerning plant:
    Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On February 16, 2017 Seeds sown
2009 seeds
Cat On July 8, 2014 Obtained plant
Catmint20906 On August 15, 2015 Bloomed
3AmigosGarden On September 1, 2017 Seeds sown
3AmigosGarden On August 30, 2017 Obtained plant
Pima County Seed Library
lovesblooms On March 1, 2020 Seeds sown
labelled "apricot blanket flower"'; winter sow
Flowerlover6 On October 19, 2022 Seeds sown
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