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Indian Blanket

Gaillardia pulchella

In stock

1 gallon; 2-3 gallon; 5 gallon

Plant Care

Native region:

Sonoran Desert

Water needs:



Mature size:

Growth rate:

Full Sun; Part Shade



Flower color:

Flower season:


Red, Yellow and Orange


Prune to remove spent flowers or when the plant becomes leggy




Nectar pollinators:


Nighttime pollinators:


Rabbit resistant:


Indian Blanket is native across a wide swath of the United States, occupying the prairie lands ranging from the east coast to the desert Southwest. Best flower production occurs if plants are periodically deadheaded. Readily reseeds. If plants become leggy they may be sheared to the ground. Grows well in full sun, but also likes partial shade in our low desert.

Growing Plants in the Desert — Important Information

The information presented here is, to the best of my knowledge, accurate and based on my research from reliable sources, observations I have made of plants growing in my, and other gardens I have visited, and observations of the plants in their native habitats. I would appreciate your feedback and experience to help me educate others! 


Cacti: In my experience, cacti are much happier in the filtered shade here in the low desert of the Coachella Valley. Colors are more vibrant and they bloom more profusely, especially the non-native varieties. If you pay attention to how our native barrel and beavertail opuntia grow in the wild, it is frequently tucked in the rocks under creosote or another shrub.


Light Requirements: I have found that in our desert (Sonoran/Colorado) “full sun” plants can take and appreciate the late afternoon filtered sun, especially in the hot summer months.

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