Indian Blanket, Gaillardia Purcell, is a xeriscapic, annual that is native to Texas. This means that this plant grows well in arid, low rain areas, it will not live a long period of time and it grows naturally in areas of Texas. Indian Blankets are often seen in pastures, fields, vacant lots, construction sites and other areas of Texas.
Blooms and Leaves:
Indian Blanket, which is also known as Firewheel, has daisy looking flowers with red petal that are tipped in yellow. These beautiful flowers will be seen from May to the first frost of the year, but can bloom year round in some areas.
The leaves of the Indian Blanket are located mostly on the lower part of the stem. This wildflower is considered to grow upright and has many branched stems that can get up to 2 feet in height and the bunch can get up to 2 feet in width. The leaves are narrow and either rounded or pointed. They are up to 6 inches in length and up to 1 and ½ inches in width.
Caring for Indian Blankets begins with where to put them in a landscape. They do very well in an area that gets at least part sunshine each day and can survive in full sunshine. They are very tolerant of high heat and low water and can withstand salty air and water, but they do not do well with high winds. Indian Blankets are easy to grow and require minimal maintenance. They thrive in poor soils that can be dry and sandy or even disturbed such as construction sites or out in pastures. The only requirement that Indian Blankets really have is that it needs good drainage.
Indian Blankets can be propagated by sowing seeds directly into well draining soil as soon as the last frost has passed. The seeds can also be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost too. The newly planted seeds will germinate in a week or two.
Indian Blankets are used primarily in xeriscapic landscaping. It does grow naturally in areas of Texas, usually in vacant lots and pastures where they brighten the area. They do attract butterflies and birds so could be useful in a butterfly or bird garden. They grow well in containers, borders, flower beds and rock gardens.
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