Gaillardia, or Blanket Flower, is a short-lived perennial with richly colored, daisy-like flowers. There are over two dozen species of Gaillardia and most are native to some area of North America. Gaillardia pulchella, which is native from southeastern U.S. through to Colorado and south into Mexico, was cross bred with Gaillardia aristata, a prairie flower, to create Gaillardia X grandiflora. Most of the modern blanket flowers are Gaillardia X grandiflora
Gaillarida forms a slowly spreading mound. Although generally short lived, it can reseed and sprawl through the garden. Since the original plants are hybrids, expect some variation from self-seeding.
- Leaves: Lance-shaped gray-green leaves are sometimes lobed.
- Flowers: 3-5″ across, in various shades of yellow and red. Some have petals surrounding a center disk which produces florets. Others have trumpet-shaped florets surround the entire disk.
Botanical Name: Gaillardia x grandiflora
Common Name: Gaillardia
Full sun.. They can handle some partial shade, particularly in hot climates, but they will get a bit floppy and will not flower as profusely.
3 – 10, depending on variety.
Mature Size: 12 – 18″ (h) x 12 – 24″ (w)
Bloom Period: Mid-summer through Fall.
- Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’ – 2005 All-America Selections Winner. 3-4″ flowers have a red center surrounded by yellow.
- Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’ – Wine-red petals with a yellow center disk that ages to burgundy.
- Gaillardia ‘Fanfare’ – Trumpet-shaped flowers that shade from soft red trhough yellow radiate from a rosy center disk.
- Gaillardia ‘Goblin’ – Large green leaves are veined in maroon. Very hardy.
- Gaillardia ‘Mesa Yellow’ – 2010 All-America Selections Winner. Stricking yellow flowers grow true from seed.
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