This compact and uniform perennial produces masses of large, 3" diameter, fiery orange-red blooms tipped by a ring of rich flame yellow. Butterflies are highly attracted to its bright colors. Since these plants bloom from early summer into fall, they will provide continuous color in containers and will keep those vases full of fresh blanket flower bouquets all season long.
Gaillardia requires full sun and well-drained soil in order to prosper. Given too much shade, the plants tend to flop over. Though they will perform best in moist soils, they are highly drought tolerant. Do not enrich the soil with compost or other rich ingredients when planting this perennial. It does best in poor, loose soils and does not tolerate heavy clay. These perennials require little care once established. They are heat tolerant and actually prefer to be grown in poorer soils. They get their name from the manner in which they used to blanket North American prairies with their blooms. They can still be found in fields and along roadsides in the prairie region and into the Rockies.
Orange/red ringed with yellow
Bellflower (Campanula ), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Grass-Ornamental (Miscanthus sinensis), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata), Yarrow (Achillea )
Cut flower or foliage
Early summer through fall
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