The wheel-shaped flower heads of Indian Blanket Flower look like pinwheels and feature yellow to brown centers, with red petals tipped in bright yellow. Indian Blanket also offers many soft, sage-colored leaves that are attractive in their own right.
While many think the sunflower is the most cheerful bloom in the garden, a case can be made for Indian Blanket Flower. Especially considering that it’s considered a critical food source for pollinators by the Xerces Society.
“Indian Blanket” Gaillardia puchella is a close relative of “Blanket Flower” Gaillardia aristata, but native to the Southeastern US region and less cold tolerant, so is normally grown as an annual in temperate zones.
Benefits of Indian Blanket Flower
- Attracts native bees and bumblebees
- Provides vibrant color in flower beds and borders
- Heat and drought tolerant once established
- High-quality forage for a diverse list of bees
- Low maintenance
- Tips for Growing Gaillardia puchella
Sow indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the final frost date at temperatures around 70 degrees F. Sow on top of soil mix and water well, press down lightly but do not cover, as Indian Blanket requires light to germinate. Place in low light and keep soil moist until germination.
Otherwise, direct sow outdoors once all chance of frost is gone. Temperatures of 70-75 are preferable. Moisten the prepared bed well then scatter seeds evenly over soil. Press seeds down firmly. You may want to cover VERY lightly, just to hold seeds in place. Mist regularly to keep moist until germination occurs.
Plant Indian Blanket in a sunny location in well-draining soil. Keep soil moist until plants are established, but afterward, they require infrequent watering and no fertilizer.
Indian Blanket Flower Details
- Life span: Annual, Often perennial in Zones 8-11
- Color scheme: Yellow, orange, and red
- Height: 12-24” depending on soil fertility.
- Time to Germination: 14-21 days
- Time to maturity: 10-12 weeks
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