Gaillardia pulchella

blanket-flower, gaillardia, Indian blanket

Asteraceae (Compositae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: annual
Size: Height: .75 to 1.5 ft    Width: .5 to 2.0 ft
Flower Color: flower color   flower color   flower color      yellow,orange,red
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Cultivated flower beds, roadside wildflower plantings, wildflower garden. Typically grown as an annual though some plants may persist for two years.
Propagation: Seeds from deadheading the plant after the flowers dry up. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability: Big box stores, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Highly salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: 7.0 to 8.5


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Attracts many pollinators including honey and native bees, butterflies and wasps. Birds that eat the seeds include chickadees, titmice, and warblers.
Native Habitats: Dry sites, often near the coast.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


The Kiowa Indians believed the flowers brought luck. The Acoma and Laguna Indians rubbed the plant on mothers' breasts to wean infants, and believed an infusion of the plant improved a drummer's skills.

Other Comments:

It is difficult to know the native range of this plant in Florida as it has been widely planted on roadsides across much of the state.