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Gaillardia is a genus of native wildflowers that have captivated gardeners with bright red and yellow flowers and an ability to bloom in hot, dry conditions. The native species, Gaillardia pulchella, is Oklahoma’s state wildflower and makes an excellent garden plant. Hybrids (Gaillardia x grandiflora) and new cultivars have been introduced that expand the color range and form of Gaillardia including: ‘Goblin’ (dwarf form), ‘Fanfare’ (interesting trumpet-shaped flowers around the central disc), ‘Arizona Sun’ (compact plants with a long period of bloom), and ‘Summer’s Kiss’ (yellow-apricot flowers), among others. Gaillardia is often a perennial, but it also reseeds readily creating drifts of color in the garden or meadow. Allow the seed heads to dry on the plant for maximum reseeding and floral display the following summer.
Exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained
Hardiness: USDA Zone 4
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