Gaillardia aristata Amber Wheels
Amber Wheels Blanket Flower
Details30" tall x 18" wide (seed propagated). Happy are the gardeners with 'Amber Wheels' rolling in their gardens. This dazzling blanket flower, was originally discovered growing in Westcliff, CO by Larry Vickerman. Seed was given to Jelitto Perennial Seed where it was bred to produce this beautiful strain. It is an extremely showy and long-lived cultivar that is an improvement over our previously offer variety 'Indian Yellow.' Maturing by its second year in the garden, the plant produces an abundance of large flowers with frilled, deep-yellow petals that surround an amber-red center . Keep deadheaded to prolong bloom. Grows readily in well-drained garden soils of average fertility; avoid heavy clay.
|Common Name||Amber Wheels Blanket Flower|
|Botanical Name||Gaillardia aristata Amber Wheels|
|Zones||4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||30" tall|
|Mature Spread||18" wide|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Soil Moisture||Drought Resistant / Waterwise|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Tips For Growing Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) is a long-blooming native wildflower that is easy-to-grow and provides ample nectar for butterflies. It's resistant to browsing rabbits and deer.
Preferred growing conditions:
- Needs sandy/gravely and sandy loam type soils. Avoid clay.
- Does best with gravel mulches.
- After their second growing season, only requires deep but infrequent watering. Too much water makes them floppy and shortens their lifespan.
- Plant in full, hot sun.
- Adding just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. Don't plant into a rich, highly-amended soil.
- Deadhead plants to prolong bloom. Leave a few seed heads on the plants to encourage re-seeding.
- Blanket Flowers are generally grown from seed and are short lived perennials (3-4 years) and gardeners should replace them with new plants when the old plants lose vigor.
- Fertilize Gaillardia just once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
- Leave all Gaillardia varieties standing over the winter and cut back to 1-2" inches above the soil in mid-spring when the plants begin to wake up.
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones
To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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