Blanket Flower

native plant profile: Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower  (Gaillardia)

The Blanket Flower -Gaillardia is a great choice for the native garden. With occasional deadheading, this carefree native perennial will continue to bloom from June until frost.

Blanket Flower Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Arizona Sun'

Blanket Flower -Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Arizona Sun’

Quick Profile

Common
Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Firewheel.
Zones
3 – 10
Height
12 – 36 inches
Spread
12 – 24 inches
Blooms
June – Frost
Color
Bi-colored; Red, Orange, Yellow.
Light
Full Sun
Water
Dry – Average
Soil
Loose, Well Drained.
Use
Borders, native gardens, butterfly gardens, cottage gardens, cut flowers, firescaping.
Care
Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Short-lived, leave a few flowers to self-seed.
Attracts
Honeybees, Native bees, Butterflies.
Host
Gaillardia Flower Moth (Schinia masoni), Painted Schinia Moth (Schinia volupia) and the Bordered Patch butterfly (Chlosyne lacinia).
Notes
U.S. native. Deer & rabbit resistant.
Impact
Beneficial value to native habitats & permaculture.

Gaillardia is very attractive to native bees and butterflies. The common blanket flower -Gaillardia aristata is the host plant to the Gaillardia Flower Moth -Schinia masoni, a beautiful flower moth that mimics the colors of the blanket flower to camouflage itself for protection while nectaring on this flower.

metallic green bee on Blanket Flower

Metallic Green Bee -Agapostemon virescens on Blanket Flower.

Bombus impatiens on Blanket Flower

Common Eastern Bumble bee -Bombus impatiens on Blanket Flower

Propagation is done by seed. Seeds should be sown shallowly (or under a light covering of mulch) as the seeds need a little light to germinate. Sow in early spring or fall.

Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata 'Oranges & Lemons'

Blanket Flower -Gaillardia aristata ‘Oranges & Lemons’

This plant is deer and rabbit resistant and does not seem to be bothered by pests or disease.

Native plants are essential to sustaining our native ecosystems. They are much more adaptive than exotics and require little care once established. They are superior choices for the garden and landscape. Go Native ♥

sources: Owen, Wayne Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata), US Forest Service, Gaillardia, Wikipedia

10.25.12 by network-green | © 2012
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