Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella)
Blanket Flower

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Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) with its daisy-like flower adds splashes of color in several areas of the Florida Botanical Garden. Gaillardia is a native wildflower but there are now hybrids that are sold in local garden centers as well. Blanket flower needs full sun, and a well-drained, sandy soil for best flowering, and is very tolerant of drought and poor, infertile soil. Flowers come in red, yellow, orange and combinations of the three. They can reach a height of 18 inches and don’t seem to be bothered by root-knot nematodes.