Belonging to the Gaillardia genus, Indian blanket has a botanical name of Gaillardia pulchella. The botanical name epithet pulchella means 'beautiful'.
Attracts butterfliesBlooms appear in these approximate colours: Banana yellow and Outrageous Orange and Candy apple red. Leaves appear approximately as a Kelly green colour. A type of flower, it mainly grows as an annual plant - which means it typically only grows best for a single growing season. Indian blanket is known for its erect habit and growing to a height of approximately 38.1 cm (1.24 feet). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer. Indian blanket is a great plant to attract butterflies and bees to your garden. Popular varieties of Indian blanket with home gardeners are Razzle Dazzle, Dwarf Goblin, Sundance, Golden Goblin, and Grandiflora Mixed Colors.
United States is believed to be where Indian blanket originates from.
Due to how easy it is to grow in a variety of conditions, Indian blanket is great for beginner gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.
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Fertilize once when flowering begins. Cut off faded flowers to limit seed production and extend flowering season.Indian blanket likes a position of full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Keep in mind when planting that Indian blanket is thought of as half hardy, so remember to protect this plant from frosts and low temperatures.
Seed needs light to germinate, so press seed lightly into a soilless mixture. Germinate @ 70 – 75°F/21 – 24°C. Maintain uniformly moist but not wet soil. Germination takes 20 days
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Indian blanket about 56 days before your last frost date .
Sow outdoors as soon as the soil has warmed up in a sunny location. Gaillardia likes hot, dry weather and tolerates a wide variety of soils. Space or thin to 12 or 18 in/31 – 46 cm apart.
Allow seeds to dry on the plant before harvesting.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Indian blanket so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Indian blanket so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Indian blanket plants:
1 The genus Gaillardia was named in honor of the 18th Century French patron of Botany, M. Gaillard de Marentoneau. They are native to North and South America, and it is thought that they were given the name “Blanket Flower” because their colors resemble those woven in Native American blankets.
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Popular varieties of Indian blanket
- Razzle Dazzle
- Dwarf Goblin
- Golden Goblin
- Grandiflora Mixed Colors
- Large flowered
- Torch Red Embers
- Dazzler mix
- Red Plume
- Sundance Cream
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