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Blanket Flower, Gaillardia pulchella

Blanket Flower, Gaillardia pulchella

PriceFrom $5.00

Status in Florida: Naturalized

•Size at Maturity: Blanket Flower typically grows as a herbaceous perennial, reaching heights of about 1 to 2 feet tall with a spread of 1 to 1.5 feet wide.

•Phenology: Herbaceous perennial with daisy-like flowers and lance-shaped leaves.

•Life Cycle: Perennial

•Bloom Season: Blanket Flower produces flowers from late spring to early fall, with peak bloom occurring in summer.

•Deciduous, Dioecious, Evergreen: Deciduous

•Sunlight Requirements: Full sun

•Soil Texture: Well-drained, sandy or loamy soil; tolerant of poor or rocky soils

•Soil pH: Tolerant of a wide range, but prefers slightly acidic to neutral (pH 6.0-7.5)

•Moisture Requirements: Low to moderate moisture; Blanket Flower is drought-tolerant once established but benefits from occasional watering during dry periods.

•Tolerance to Salt Spray: Low tolerance

•Recommended Landscape Uses: Blanket Flower is commonly used in native plant gardens, butterfly gardens, and wildflower meadows. It can also be grown in borders, containers, or used as a ground cover.

•Maintenance Tips: Deadhead spent flowers to promote continued blooming and prevent self-seeding. Cut back stems in late fall or early spring to encourage new growth and maintain plant vigor.

•Considerations: Blanket Flower is valued for its showy, colorful flowers, which attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. It is relatively low-maintenance and tolerant of poor soils and drought conditions.

•Deer and/or Rabbit Resistance: Moderately resistant; deer and rabbits may occasionally browse on Blanket Flower foliage, but it is not typically preferred by these animals.

•Edible: Blanket Flower is not typically consumed by humans and is not considered edible.

•Medicinal Uses: Historically used in herbal medicine by Native American tribes for various purposes, including as a remedy for skin conditions and gastrointestinal issues.

•Toxicity to Pets: Blanket Flower is generally considered non-toxic to pets, but ingestion may cause mild gastrointestinal upset.

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