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Blanket Flower

Richly colored native perennial wildflower with carefree, long lasting blooms. Reddish orange petals have yellow tips that surround a red center. A great low maintenance addition to any garden, blooming July until the end of summer. Attracts pollinators, drought tolerant and deer resistant. Grows 18-30”. 

100 seeds 

 

PLANTING

Gaillardia aristata

Perennial  Zones 3-10.

Germination: 14-30 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: 1/8" deep

Starting Indoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperatures. Transplant after the last frost,12-18" apart. Water seedlings regularly until established. 

Sowing Outdoors: Around last frost date when soil temperature reaches 65-70ºF. Sow a few seeds 3-6" apart, thinning out to 12-18" apart. When thinning out try transplanting the seedlings into other places in the garden. Water seedlings regularly until established.

Growth Habit: Upright

Height and Width: 18-30" x 24"

Spacing: 12-18" apart

Light Needs: Full sun

Soil Needs: Poor to average, well drained, tolerates dry soil.

Approximate days to flower from seed: 90 days

Uses: Cut flowers, flower beds, wildflower and cottage gardens, attracts butterflies and beneficials. 

Care: Deadheading prolongs flowering but is not nessecary, seed heads are attractive by themselves. Cut back in the fall. Divide every few years.