Also known as blanket flower, gaillardia is a sturdy native perennial with bright flowers that bloom throughout the summer and into the fall.
The flowers are single, semi-double, double, and even tubular, and grow on long stems above the long, soft, hairy leaves. Difference in colors and variations in petal shapes are a result of natural hybridization. They are usually reddish purple or orange-red with yellow tips, but can also be solid yellow, orange, or red, and make excellent, long-lasting cut flowers that attract butterflies.Gaillardia re-seeds itself, so don't be surprised if you see it year after year.
Use gaillardia in the landscape as a groundcover, or plant it in containers. It can also be used as an accent or in mass plantings. Gaillardia can be planted anywhere in the state and will tolerate extreme heat, sun, sandy soils, and even salt, making it a great choice for the coastal landscape.
- Gaillardia pulchella Blanket Flower, Gaillardia
- Gaillardia pulchella 'Red Plume' Red Plume Blanket Flower
- Lee County Extension: Gaillardia pulchella (PDF)