GAILLARDIA (Blanketflower)

N & S America

G1 Gaillardia flowers with hoverfly, 6th Aug 2011

Gaillardia with insect, late 2012
Gaillardia is a colourful firework of a flower. Its petals, ORANGE-RED with YELLOW tips, surround a central mound of RUSTY RED.

Bees’ Favourite.

Bumblebees browse enthusiastically on the Blanketflower. They often seem to be hugging the central mound. We have had a number of Gaillardias over the years – ‘Goblin’, ‘Kobold’, and ‘Arizona Sun’. All have been bees’ favourites, but some individual plants were more intensely magnetic to bees than others.

The Blanketflower is a sunlover which will tolerate poor soil. Cut it back in late summer to 6 inches, allowing new growth at the base to overwinter. We have lost a number of these in winter wet, and now treat it as an annual.




Other names: Firewheel, Bandana Daisy, Sunburst, Sundance Flower.


“According to Aztec legend, gaillardia was originally only yellow, but with the murderous arrival of the Conquistadores, the flower felt sadness over Aztec blood so freely spilled, & added red to its petals to honor the slain.”

Paghat’s Garden

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Lockdown Gaillardia from the Fruiterer

There was no visit to a garden centre in the spring for Gaillardia, but the local fruiterer on Blackstock Road – White Brothers – had a selection of perennials once garden centres reopened. These two plants were in  9 inch pots.