Gaillardia common name Blanket Flower is a genus of flowering plants in the sunflower family, Asteraceae, native to North and South America. Blank Flower “Gaillardias x Grandiflora” looks like large daisies, with bold, bright markings like those of an American Indian blanket, in patterns of reds, yellows, and golds.
Mostly grow about 2 ½ feet tall, but there are also dwarf varieties. They bloom in summer over a long period and are a good choice if your climate is hot and dry. Varieties include the mixed-colored “Monarch Strain” and solids such as dark red “Burgundy” and Yellow Queen. Multicolored Goblin grows a foot tall.
It is a resemblance of the inflorescence to the brightly patterned blankets made by Native Americans, or to the ability of wild taxa to blanket the ground with colonies. If you want to grow a permanent long season of bloom, the blanket flower is a great choice. The daisy-like flowers are formed from early summer to early fall in different shades of orange, red and yellow, adding up sizzle to the garden and enticing nectar-seeking butterflies.
The stem is usually branching and erects to a maximum height of around 80 centimeters. The leaves are alternately arranged. Some taxa have only basal leaves. They vary in shape. Blank Flower needs to grow in moist humid areas the plants may develop fungus diseases in summer or succumb to rot from winter moisture.
Moreover, you need to avoid mulching them and give them light, well-drained soil, preferably on the sandy side. Gaillardias can be grown fairly quickly from seed and will flower the first year. In spring, you watch from new shoots that may appear quite a distance from the original clump. If the center of the clump dies, discard it and replant the side shoots.
Many cultivars have been bred for ornamental use. Thus care of blanket flowers includes planting in a full sun location to keep this fast-growing specimen happy. As a native plant to the central United States and Mexico, the blanket flower is a heat-loving flower that is drought tolerant and does not like wet feet from soggy soil. Growing blanket flowers can naturalize in a meadow or field adding hues of color. Easy care of blanket flowers makes them an ideal specimen for many landscape uses.