Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Blanket Flower (Gaillardia species)

Plant Family

Aster or composite family. (Asteraceae or Compositae)

Common Names

Blanket flower, Gaillardia, Firewheel (annual), Indian blanket (annual)

red and yellow flowers
Blanket flowers and seed heads Photo credit:  Benjamin Chan Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


  • Many species are native throughout North America
  • A variety of both annual, biennial, and perennial cultivars have been developed and are available in garden centers.
  • Readily reseeding annuals and short lived perennial depending on the species
  • Cultivars range from 6 to 24 inches high to about 12 to 36 inches wide
  • Two to 4 inch wide showy blooms in a variety of yellow, orange, and red colors and petal types cover the plants in summer and fall
  • Tolerates a wide variety of soil types but soils should be dry and well drained
  • Requires full sun
  • Cold and heat tolerant
  • Found throughout USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 11
  • Vibrant flowers and long lived bloom time makes blanket flower a popular garden plant throughout the United States
bee visiting red orange flower
Bee visiting Blanket flower Photo credit: Dennis Hinkamp


  • Bees
  • Butterflies
  • Soldier beetles

Additional Resources:

Texas – Blanket flower