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Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Mesa Bright Bicolor' (Blanket Flower)

Blanket Flower 'Mesa Bright Bicolor', Gaillardia grandiflora 'Mesa Bright Bicolor'


Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Mesa Bright Bicolor' (Blanket Flower) is a bushy, often short-lived herbaceous perennial with profuse, brilliant yellow flowers adorned with a broad red band surrounding the large brown cone. Blooming from early to late summer, about 2-3 weeks earlier than comparative varieties, the daisy-like flowers retain their vibrant color all season and do not fade. Rich of nectar, the flowers are real magnets for butterflies. This popular Blanket Flower forms a very uniform, compact, well-branched plant with a strong, upright habit. Drought and heat tolerant, wind and rain resistant, it requires little care once established. It flowers the first year.

  • Easily grown in a compact mound up to 14-16 in. tall (35-40 cm) and 20-22 in. wide (50-55 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun, in average, medium, well-drained soils, in rocky or sandy places. Although dry soils tolerant, it prefers moist soils but good drainage is essential!
  • Easy care plant with few insect or disease problems. Rarely eaten by deer.
  • A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to perennial borders, containers, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens or cutting gardens. Makes excellent cut flowers.
  • Easy to grow from seed in the garden after the last frost or indoors 4-6 weeks earlier.
  • Remove faded flowers to encourage further blooms.
  • Blanket flowers are often relatively short-lived. Cutting back clumps to 6 in. in late summer (15 cm) often increases their chances of winter survival. You can also keep your plants vigorous by dividing them every 2-3 years in spring or early fall.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Gaillardia - Blanket Flowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 20" – 24" (50cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 10
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Gaillardia - Blanket Flowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 20" – 24" (50cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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