Arizona Red Shades (Gaillardia)

Arizona Red Shades (Gaillardia)

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Gaillardia spp., Asteraceae.
A low growing blanket flower, about 30cm (12”) High with some variation, spreading 12-35cm (10-14”) the first year. The daisy like flowers are are 6cm in diameter and consist of long narrow, yellow-orange petals (the ray flowers) that are toothed at their tips and surround short, disc flowers in the centre. Earthy red rock shades of orange, yellow, and rouge. A tidy carefree border plant for the hottest, driest locations.

Excellent in a rock garden, in containers, as a cut flower, and for naturalizing where they can self-seed. Easy carefree annual and perennial flowers for the dry border, vigorous and self-maintaining favourite of butterflies, and bees as a nectar source. Native to Turtle Island, they can be found in the Canadian prairie grasslands and drier uplands, they’re in bloom by mid to late June and continue through August. Gaillardia will self sow, but is not an invasive plant. Its natural drought resistance makes it an excellent choice for xeriscaping. A natural prairie companion to Black Eyed Susan and Coreopsis. 

Direct sowing is easiest, and is done after last frost or in the autumn, in places where winter is mild. They can also be sown indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost — in late February on the coast. These would be transplanted out in early April. Seeds will germinate in 7-20 days. If starting indoors, provide bright light and a soil temperature of 21°C (70°F).

Starting: Sow on the surface of the soil. Transplant or thin to stand 15-30cm (6-12″) apart.

Growing: Feed once, just as flowering begins, and top-dress with well-rotted manure once in summer. Deadhead regularly. Water regularly during dry spells, keeping leaves as dry as possible – this can be done in the early morning, so leaves dry off by noon. 

Approximately 20 Seeds per/pkg.