Gaillardia Seeds - Aristata Aurea
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 20 - 30 inches
Bloom Season: Summer and fall
Bloom Color: Yellow
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Well-drained, lean, pH 6.2 - 7.2
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Gaillardia Aristata
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia Aristata Aurea Pura) - One of the first plants to start blooming and one of the last to stop! Grow these bright yellow treasures from Gaillardia seeds! Known as Blanket Flowers, they are indeed a treasured native from the open, hot plains so they are quite drought tolerant and require little water or care. They are a perennial, returning each spring from the same roots, forming an expanding clump, and each season they will attract many beneficial insects to the flower garden.
Gaillardia blooms the second spring when started from flower seed. If sowing Gaillardia seeds indoors, start 6 - 8 weeks before the last frost, use sterile starting soil and starter trays. Press the flower seeds into the soil and barely cover. Keeps seeds moist until germination. Cut back the Blanket Flower seedlings at transplanting to help it become more compact. If sowing Blanket Flower seeds outdoors, wait until danger of frost has passed. Sow the seeds into prepared soil, cover lightly with fine garden or potting soil. Or, broadcast spread them over an area, and lightly rake into the soil. Keep moist until germination. Once they are established, Blanket Flower plants will self-seed. Gaillardia is native to the plains regions, but can be grown in all regions from Canada to Florida are are resistant to drought.