Blanketflower, also called Gaillardia, is a colorful native perennial that grows 10 to 24 inches tall. It prefers well-drained soils and elevations between 1,300 and 9,000 feet. Its red flowers fringed with bright yellow add a striking contrast to the landscape and it is a great choice for a low-maintenance wildflower garden. Blanketflower is also used in reclamation work to revegetate disturbed sites. It blooms from Spring through late Summer and is a food source for butterflies and other pollinators. Blanketflower seed is best planted in the Spring; it does not require cold stratification to break dormancy. The seeds should be planted 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep. After establishment, Blanketflower only requires watering during extended hot and dry periods because it develops a tap root that can access deep ground moisture. The fuzzy hairs on the stems and leaves of Blanketflower are a skin irritant to some people.
- Latin Name: Gaillardia aristata
- Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
- Height: Medium
- Sun/Shade Tolerance: 1 - Very Sunny
- Min. Precipitation: Drought Tolerant
- Seeds Per Pound: 157,000
- Native/Introduced: Native
- Annual/Perrenial: Perennial
- Blossom Color: Yellow
- Bloom Period: Summer
- Planting Rate: 0.5 to 1 pls lbs/acre in mixes
- Variety Release Sheet:
- USDA Sheet: https://plants.sc.egov.usda.gov/DocumentLibrary/plantguide/pdf/pg_gaar.pdf
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