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Indian blanket     

Gaillardia pulchella

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Belonging to the Gaillardia genus, Indian blanket has a botanical name of Gaillardia pulchella. The botanical name epithet pulchella means 'beautiful'.

Attracts butterflies
Good in seaside, wildflower, urban, border gardens

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Banana yellow and   Outrageous Orange and   Candy apple red. Leaves appear approximately as a   Kelly green

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 early 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, Sundance, Lorenziana, Torch Red Embers and Sundance red.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Indian blanket have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Indian blanket

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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.

See our list of companion Plants for Indian blanket to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Indian blanket from seed

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 .

Transplanting Indian blanket

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.

As Indian blanket is half hardy, ensure temperatures are mild enough to plant out - wait until after your last frost date to be on the safe side.

Harvesting Indian blanket

Allow seeds to dry on the plant before harvesting.

How long does Indian blanket take to grow?

These estimates for how long Indian blanket takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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When should I plant Indian blanket?

Our when to plant Indian blanket estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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56 days before Last Frost Date

Indian blanket Etymology

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.

Other names for Indian blanket

Blanket flower, Firewheel

Gaillardia pulchella

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