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botanical name:
Gaillardia 'Summer Fire'
Gaillardia 'Summer Fire' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Blanket Flower
family:  Asteraceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.75m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red & yellow
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -23°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Red flowers with yellow petal tips and brownish-red centres, from June to September.

Well drained, reasonably fertile soil is preferred but will tolerate nutritionally poor soils. Full sun is essential. Very drought tolerant.
Dead-head regularly to encourage flowering. In cool climate area it is best to cut back growth to about 15cm in late summer to promote basal growth which usually overwinters well.

From seed sown in spring, will usually flower in the same year.
Also by division in spring or root cuttings in winter.

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