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Gaillardia pulchella

Flower
Family Asteraceae
Name Gaillardia pulchella
Common Names Indian Blanket, Blanket Flower, Firewheel
Featured Plant December 2007
Etymology
Gaillardia Named after M. Gaillard de Marentoneau, 18th century French magistrate and patron of botany.
pulchella From Latin pulchellum meaning pretty.

  See also:  Composite Flowers, Culture / Germination
  Buy seeds:  Seeds - Annuals, Biennials and Perennials

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.



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Flower

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Golden Variety

Golden Variety

Yellow Variety

Yellow Variety

Spontaneous Germination

This seed head has been exposed to the weather for a couple of months and during the start of the wet Winter, its seeds have begun to germinate!

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