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Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresCulture and Germination - Gaillardia pulchella

Gaillardia pulchella

Flower
Family Asteraceae
Name Gaillardia pulchella
Common Names Indian Blanket, Blanket Flower, Firewheel

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This low-maintenance hardy perennial from North America produces brilliant coloured flowers with green/purple centres and yellow / scarlet petals. The large flowers are suitable for cutting, lasting for about a week. Dead heading will prolong the flowering season.

Gaillardia is tolerant of salty conditions and will put on a good display even in the light sandy soils along the coast. Wet water logged soils will cause root rot. The spraling nature of the plant makes it suitable as a ground cover, especially for hot, dry exposed banks.

Germination

Depth: To ¼ cm
When: Spring, summer, autumn.
Where: Direct where it is to grow.
Germination is quick - watch out for slugs and snails. Sow thickly for a sea of red/yellow coloured flowers.


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