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Gaillardia grandiflora

Gaillardia grandiflora
Common name blanketflower
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers warm colors, summer
Size 2-3'
Light full sun
Cultural notes not fussy
From seed easy, germinate at room temperature with exposure to light
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below

Flowering in various colors in the yellow to red spectrum, gaillardia adds a warm note to the middle of the border. Our first plants were the selections 'Burgundy' and 'Goblin'. The originals are long gone, replaced by their offspring, with somewhat different coloring. The plant at left has elements of 'Goblin', but with a warmer orangy-red and much more subtle yellow coloring at the tips; we like it better.

This one is close to 'Burgundy'.
Gaillardia grandiflora
This one is close to 'Goblin'
Our first 'Fanfare' to bloom. This one is a newer hybrid, touted for its tubular petals. A nice one, for sure.
Gaillardia grandiflora
Spent flowers look cool, too
Nameless burgundy variety, the first gaillardia of our Texas garden

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: waterfall pondside

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for 'Fanfare' from '03 trade. Baggy 70F with light (50%G, 6-8d)
  2. Seed for 'Aristata mix' from '07 trade. Baggy 70F (15%G, 5-17d)
    Seed for 'Burgundy from '07 trade. Baggy 70F (7%G, 5d)
  3. Seed for 'mix' from '14 trade. Baggy 70F (29%G, 5-7d)

Traded/home-collected seed tends to have a high fraction of duds; viable seeds germinate readily.

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