Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
Blanket Flower Plant FeaturesNative to the American prairies, gaillardia, commonly called blanket flower, is a tough, drought-resistant, sun-loving perennial that's super easy to grow. Blanket flower's festive, solid or patterned flowers in red, orange, or yellow appear throughout the summer and will attract scores of colorful butterflies to your garden. The flowers appear on sturdy stems held high above the plant's foliage. Most varieties of blanket flower grow 18 to 22 inches tall. Hardy from zones 5-9.
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Blanket Flower Growing InstructionsBlanket flower has simple needs. All it really wants is a sunny spot and an occasional drink of water. They aren't fussy about soil type, but do prefer a well drained spot that doesn't stay muddy after a heavy rain. In the northern parts of their range, a light winter mulch will help them handle below zero temperatures. Blanket flowers also grow well in containers.
Divide blanket flowers every two or three years to keep the plants vigorous. It can be a short-lived perennial so add new plants every few years.
Blanket flower may be a feast for butterflies, but it's not intended for human or animal consumption.
Super-easy to grow
Complement your Blanket FlowerCoreopsis
Coreopsis is a great partner for gaillardia because both plants bloom at the same time and are similar in height.
Red Hot Poker
The tall bloom spikes of red hot poker are a great companion for blanket flower.