GAILLARDIA pulchella (Indian Blanket) is a wildflower native to North and Central America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is closely related to Gaillardia aristata (Blanketflower).
Indian Blanket is an annual wildflower that typically grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) and spreads about 1 foot (30 cm) wide. It has gray-green leaves that are finely divided and covered in tiny hairs. The plant produces distinctive, daisy-like flowers on long stems.
The flowers of Gaillardia pulchella are the main attraction. Each flower has a central disc that is dark brown or maroon and surrounded by brightly colored ray florets. The ray florets are usually red, but can also be yellow or a combination of red and yellow. The contrasting colors give the flower a striking appearance, resembling a vibrant Indian blanket. The flower blooms from late spring to early fall, depending on the growing conditions and climate. The flowering period can vary, but it typically produces flowers abundantly during its blooming season.
Gaillardia pulchella thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is adaptable to various soil types, including sandy or loamy soils. This wildflower is known for its tolerance to heat, drought, and poor soil conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping or naturalized areas. It can also tolerate some cold, but it is primarily grown as an annual in colder regions.
The nectar-rich flowers of Indian Blanket attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. They serve as an important food source for these beneficial insects, contributing to the overall ecosystem and promoting pollination.
Gaillardia pulchella is generally low-maintenance. Regular watering is needed during dry spells, especially when the plant is establishing its roots. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding, although allowing some seed heads to mature can support the reproduction and spread of the plant.
Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) is a vibrant and easy-to-grow wildflower that adds a splash of color to gardens, meadows, and natural landscapes. With its striking flowers and ability to attract pollinators, it is a favorite among wildflower enthusiasts and those looking to create wildlife-friendly habitats.
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Scientific Name: Gaillardia Pulchella
Common Name: Indian Blanket
Plant Type: Annuals
Family: Gaillardia-Blanket Flowers
Native Range: United States, Mexico
Zones: 2 to 11
Full Growth Height: 1-2 ft
Width in Across: 6”-1’
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Sprig to Fall
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Yellow tips with Dark Orange Rays
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil, Salt
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Well-Drained, Sand, Loam, Chalk
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Gardening Uses: Patio and Containers, Gravel Gardens, Mediterranean Garden