August 17, 2017

Okie Dokie

Gaillardia pulchella - blanketflower

Janine Pineo Photo | Gaillardia pulchella – blanketflower

It’s no shy little bloom for Oklahoma’s state flower, Gaillardia pulchella, a fiery blanketflower with a red center and yellow-tipped petals. This member of the daisy family is native to North America, growing in most of Canada and especially across the northern tier of the United States. With a Zone 5 hardiness rating. this gaillardia might winter over as a perennial in much of Maine, but it can be grown as an annual just as easily. Gaillardia is a drought-tolerant plant, preferring dry feet to wet ones even under normal growing circumstances. And that common name of blanketflower? It refers to the colorful pattern of the bloom resembling the colorful pattern of blankets made by native Americans.

Photographed during Open Farm Day at The Heirloom Garden of Maine on July 22, 2012.