Indian Blanket

  • Indian Blanket

Indian Blanket



Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

It is an annual, native to the central region of the United States. Indian blanket is a bunch type flowering species known for its excellent drought hardiness.  It is typically found growing along roadsides and in prairies, preferring sandy soil. Indian blanket is characteristically very drought tolerant and grows well in marginally fertile soils. The dense colonies of bright red and yellow pinwheel shaped flowers make a stunning displayed when at the peak of flowering. Indian blanket is a prolific reseeder if allowed to reach maturity.

Plant Characterstics Height: 12 to 24 inches

Growth habit: bunch type having hairy stems with multiple branching

Bloom: 1 to 2 inches across, pinwheel of orange to reddish, yellow, and brown

Bloom period: Late spring to early summer

Sun requirement: full sun to light shade

Leaf foilage color: green

Seeds per pound: 154,000

Minimum soil temperature for germination: 70 to 75 degrees F

Soil pH range: 6.0 to 7.5

Planting Rate: 4 oz/1000 sq ft or 10 lbs/acre

Planting Depth: 1/8 inch

Planting season: Fall