University of Maryland Extension

Blanket flower, Gaillardia

Text and photo by Debbie Ricigliano

Gaillardia x grandiflora

Add sizzle to your summer garden in shades of orange, burgundy red, and yellow with this perennial flower. Its daisy-like flowers bloom from spring to early fall. Blanket flower is an easy-to-care for plant, handling drought and heat with ease. It can even grow in almost pure sand. In fact, planting in very well-drained soil is key to its winter survival. There are many cultivars of this hybrid cross of G. aristata and G. pulchella, e.g. ‘Arizona Sun, ‘Goblin’ and ‘Fanfare’. Attractive to butterflies, it is listed as deer resistant. Dead head the spent bloom to prolong blooming. With few disease or insect pests, it is a wonderful though short-lived perennial for a low maintenance flower bed and often self-seeds. 

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