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Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket)

Indian Blanket, Firewheel, Girasol Rojo


Native to much of the United States, Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket) is a showy annual wildflower boasting daisy-like flower heads, 2 in. across (5 cm), with a brownish-red center disk surrounded by red rays with yellow tips. Blooming from late spring to fall, the flowers provide continuous color in the garden or containers. They are borne atop hairy branching stems that are mostly leafless at the top. The alternate leaves, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), may be entire or somewhat toothed. Rich of nectar, the flowers attract many pollinators, including honey and native bees, butterflies. Birds love the seed heads. An important wildflower of the prairies and meadows, Gaillardia pulchella is easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant and requires little care. It reseeds readily and can form dense colonies. This species is a short-lived perennial in warm, coastal areas.

  • Grows up to 10-12 in. tall (25-30 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-30 cm). Reseeds where happy.
  • Thrives in full sun, in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Prefers sandy soils and tolerates poor, dry soils. Rich soils will produce large, floppy plants with few flowers. It is salt-tolerant and is often used in coastal landscapes.
  • Easy-care plant with no serious pest or disease issues. Susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils.
  • Deadheading and supplemental summer watering will prolong the bloom period.
  • A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to beds and borders, containers, rock gardens, butterfly gardens or prairies and meadows.
  • Easy to grow from seed in the garden after the last frost or indoors 4-6 weeks earlier.
  • Native to the eastern and south-central United States, Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
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 Annuals
Plant Family Gaillardia - Blanket Flowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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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 2 – 11
Heat Zones 1 – 12
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 Annuals
Plant Family Gaillardia - Blanket Flowers
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 1' (15cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Prairie and Meadow

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