Blanket Flowers (Gaillardia grandiflora)


on Friday, July, 09 2010 @ 01:56:08 pm (132 words)
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Blanket Flower
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I have grown blanket flowers in my garden for the last several years. However, my luck with them has not been that great so when I built the new bed around the flowering almond, I decided to see how they would do in that bed as it gets more sunlight. Blanket flowers require full sine and a well drain soil.

Blanket flowers are perennials and there are both tall and short varieties; the tall variety can reach a height of up to a meter (3 feet) while the dwarf will only grow to 30 cm (1 foot) in height. Gaillardias are hardy zones 4-10. Blanket flowers are from the sunflower family and are tolerant to drought conditions, making them a good choice in areas with limited rainfall.


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Comment from: Ron [Visitor]
RonBeautiful. Here along the Texas coast, we have Firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) that grow in the sand dunes areas by the beaches and along bayshores. (I believe the same is the state flower of Oklahoma, so they must be prairie plants mostly.)
07/09/10 @ 16:24

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