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Gaillardia x grandiflora - Hort. ex Van Houtte

Common Name Blanket flower
Family Compositae
USDA hardiness 3-10
Known Hazards The juice, sap, or thorns of these plants may cause a skin rash or irritation.
Habitats A hybrid.
Range Garden origin.
Edibility Rating    (1 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Gaillardia x grandiflora Blanket flower

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Physical Characteristics

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Gaillardia x grandiflora is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. The flowers are pollinated by Butterflies birds.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils.
It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaf [2-1]. The species Gaillardia pinnatifida dried seeds can be ground into a powder then kneaded into seed butter and spread on bread[257] but no information was found for Gaillardia × grandiflora.

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Medicinal Uses

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The species Gaillardia pinnatifida is known as a diuretic, taken to give relief from painful urination[216, 257]. And an infusion of the leaves is taken internally, and a poultice applied externally, in the treatment of gout[257]. No information could be found on Gaillardia × grandiflora.

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Other Uses

Containers  Cut flowers

Ground cover for compact cultivars. Compact cultivars include G. x grandiflora “Arizona Sun” with stunning mahogany-red rimmed golden yellows (0.3m 12inches). G. x grandiflora “Mesa Peach” and “Mesa Red” (0.4m, 18 inches). Landscape uses include beds, borders, patios and containers. Locations include rock gardens, cottage garden, meadow, prairie, coastal, cutting garden and food forest. Sometimes grown as an annual. Attractive to butterflies and native bees. Insectory - excellent source of nectar for butterflies. Seeds provide food for birds. Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks).

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

A short-lived perennial winter hardy to USDA Zones 3 [368-1]. It prefers full sun, sandy, Loamy or Silty soil, and moderate to dry soil moisture. Soil pH: 5.5 - 7.9. Gaillardia × grandiflora is drought tolerant but prefers a moist well-drained soil. Performs poorly in unamended heavy clay soils [368-1]. Gaillardia × grandiflora is a tetraploid hybrid resulting from a cross between a 3’ tall perennial gaillardia (G. aristata) and a 2’ tall annual gaillardia (G. pulchella). It arguably inherited its perennial habit from the former and its long flowering period and rapid growth rate from the latter [368-1]. Flower Color: Orange, Red, Rust, or Yellow. Blooms late spring to fall. Heat zones 1 -8. Plants are so prolific and long blooming that they often exhaust themselves and are then short-lived[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Several cultivars exist, among them 'Arizona sun' and 'Arizona red shades'. Minimum Root Depth: 16 inches. In garden design, as well as the above-ground architecture of a plant, root structure considerations help in choosing plants that work together for their optimal soil requirements including nutrients and water. The root pattern is clumping, giving the plant a 'clumping' habit. The predictable growth behaviour makes it easier to maintain without having to apply containment methods[2-1].

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Plant Propagation

Seed, basal cuttings, or division. Dividing them in spring or early fall every two to three years will improve vigor.

Other Names

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Gaillardia hybrid, Blanket flower, Arizona Sun Blanket Flower,

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Not Listed.

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Gaillardia pinnatifidaBlanket Flower, Red dome blanketflowerPerennial0.4 7-10  LMHSNM21 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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