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Lance Leaf Blanket Flower Gaillardia aestivalis

Phonetic Spelling
gai–YAR–dee-a ae-stih-VAH-lis
Description

Lance Leaf Blanket Flower is a perennial flower native to North Carolina, with flowerheads up to 3” diameter. It will grow in clumps up to 18” tall.  The flowers are in bloom from late spring into the fall and attract butterflies. It is easy to grow and prefers regular, well-drained soil, but will also tolerate drought and dry soil. It has no serious insect or disease problems. Root rot can occur in poorly drained soils.

Use this plant in the front of the perennial border, in a pollinator/native garden, in a rock garden, and to add long-lasting blooms where needed.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Pollinator Garden- Full Sun
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. winkleri
    White flowers
  • var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation'
    Grape colored flowers
var. winkleri, var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#fall flowers#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#native perennial#cut flowers#NC native#long-lasting flowers#summer flowers#native garden#rock gardens#pollinator plant#late spring flowers#poor soils tolerant#NC Native Pollinator Plant#wet soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#stormwater demo garden orange co
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • var. winkleri
    White flowers
  • var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation'
    Grape colored flowers
var. winkleri, var. winkleri 'Grape Sensation'
Tags:
#showy flowers#drought tolerant#fall flowers#wildlife plant#yellow flowers#native perennial#cut flowers#NC native#long-lasting flowers#summer flowers#native garden#rock gardens#pollinator plant#late spring flowers#poor soils tolerant#NC Native Pollinator Plant#wet soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#stormwater demo garden orange co
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gaillardia
    Species:
    aestivalis
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern and central U.S.A
    Distribution:
    AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, KS, LA, MO, MS, NC, OK, SC, TX
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Wildflower
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Radial
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Yellow pinwheel petals around a red-brown central cone.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Lance-shaped gray-green leaves. Margins entire or have a few teeth
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Poor Soil