Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)

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Gaillardia aristata, commonly known as Blanket Flower, is a species of flowering plants, a genus of the sunflower family, Asteraceae.

A perennial wildflower, native to Turtle Island (North America), and South America. It was named after Maître Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-century French magistrate who was an enthusiastic botanist.

A welcome addition to any garden, attracting Butterflies and small birds like Finches.

The bold, daisy-like flowers blend especially well with soft textures like Thread-leaf Coreopsis & Cosmos. Making excellent fresh cut flowers.

A long season of blooms, repeat flowering from mid-summer through fall. Reaching 12-18" in height, and 12-24" wide, at maturity, they work well in borders and containers, and do well with other heat-loving plants that thrive in the full sun. 

You can sow them in the spring, but they may not flower the first year. Get a head start by sowing in late summer and protecting the young plants over the winter.

This 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.

Water only (frequently, every other day or so), until you see the flowers. Once established, extremely drought tolerant. Avoid using fertilizer, a poor soils seem to encourage more flowering than rich soils.