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Gaillardia 'Burgundy'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Blanket Flower

Wine-red blooms measure a whopping 3 inches across! In the middle of these striking red petals is a button-like center which emerges bright yellow and then slowly changes to oxblood-red. This juicy center attracts butterflies like crazy. Since the flowers just keep on coming from early summer into fall, they provide continuous color in containers and will keep your vases full of fresh blanket flower bouquets all season long.

These perennials require little care once established. They are heat tolerant and actually prefer to be grown in poorer soils. They get their name from the manner in which they used to blanket North American prairies with their blooms. They can still be found in fields and along roadsides in the prairie region and into the Rockies.

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  30 Inches
Spread:
  30 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Gaillardia requires full sun and well-drained soil in order to prosper. Given too much shade, the plants tend to flop over. Though they will perform best in moist soils, they are highly drought tolerant. Do not enrich the soil with compost or other rich ingrediants when planting this perennial. It does best in poor, loose soils and does not tolerate heavy clay.

Plants may be divided every 2-3 years in either spring or fall and are also easily grown from seed. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Coreopsis 'Tequila Sunrise' PP9875
Common Name: Tickseed
6,7,8,9
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Achillea 'Coronation Gold'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'
Common Name: Gayfeather
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'
Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'
Common Name: Adam's Needle
4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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Salvia nemorosa 'East Friesland' ('Ostfriesland')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Iris 'Strike it Rich'
Common Name: Iris-Tall Bearded
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.