Gaillardia aestivalis

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Smooth-headed Blanket Flower; Gaillardia

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1-2 ft tall by 1 ft wide
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,yellow,orange
Fruit Color:NA
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Mass plantings. Wildflower gardens.
Availability:FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:



Attracts hummingbirds.  Birds that eat the seeds include chickadees, titmice, and warblers.


Attracts many pollinators including native bees, honeybees, butterflies, butterflies and wasps.

Native Habitats:Sandhills. Ruderal.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:May not be distinct from G. pulchellus except as an inland race (per Lady Byrd Johnson Wildflower Center)