Flower of the Month: The Blanket Flower

blanket flower

The blanket flower is a plant similar to the daisy, that’s a perfect choice for the coming summer. Botanically known as Gaillardia, there are over 30 species of this perennial plant which are native to North America.

They grow 1 to 3 feet in height and contain many fringed petals in colors like yellow, orange, pink and red. They get their name from the way the flowers “blanket” the fields in which they grow. They begin blooming at the start of summer and go well into fall. They will also attract butterflies while in bloom, so you can enjoy seeing them around your garden in the summer.

The blanket flower is a tough, drought resistant plant that thrives in loose soil and high heat. Insects and diseases don’t pose much of a threat to hardy blanket flowers. They can be planted in areas receiving full sun and will grow without problems. Watering one or twice a week is all that’s needed. They also make long-lasting cut flowers to place inside your home.