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Blanket Flower 'Lorenziana'
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Blanket Flower 'Lorenziana'

Gaillardia pulchella
A garden variety of our native flower, this long-loved heirloom was known as "Double Sunset Gaillardia" in an 1886 catalog. Masses of rolled or quilled florets in brick red and golden yellow hues create a pompon of a flower that blooms all summer if deadheaded. Tolerant of high heat and sandy soils.
SKU #S1005
$3.25
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
250
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Half Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1.5-2' h x 1' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Mix of golden and brick red hues
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Beneficial Insects
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface to 1/16"
Sprout Time:
4-20 days
Seed To Bloom:
14-16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out after last frost. Keep at 60-70°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow after last frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Native blanket flower is a freely-blooming summer flower that holds its bright blooms on long stems for easy picking, for they make good cut flowers. They also are long-blooming in containers and stunning in drifts at the garden's edge or mid-border. They perform well in poorer soils and are valuable in vegetable gardens, attracting beneficial insects such as soldier beetles, assassin bugs, and lady beetles.
Final Spacing:
8"
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
Water regularly while establishing, then only during especially dry, hot spells.
Soil pH:
Mildly acidic to slightly alkaline is preferred.
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting if soil is especially poor.
Diseases & Pests:
Prevent root rot by placing in a well-drained location and do not allow the soil to become soggy. If aphids are troublesome, treat with an insecticidal soap.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when the flowers are 3/4 to fully open.