Gaillardia pulchella Annual. This cultivar of a native flower has been around more than a century under different names, but it's a recent discovery for us. The 2-3” quilled florets bloom in an array of red and golden hues on a 1x1’ mounded plant. Quite the showstopper, Lorenziana got top ratings for its masses of blooms over a long period of time in Florida trials. In central Maine trials, too. The genus is salt tolerant, drought tolerant, deer proof, and—in the words of a Florida themepark director—“butt hardy,” meaning it can bounce back after people sit on it. Besides people, it is also especially attractive to pollinators. ③
5098 Lorenziana Double Mix
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Also known as Blanket Flower. Named for Gaillard de Charentonneau, an 18th-c. French botanical patron. Daisy-type flowers in reds, yellow, rust and orange with a prominent colored center. Free flowering, low maintenance and easy to grow. Attracts butterflies. Good cutflower.
Culture: Well-drained soil in full sun, tolerates drought. Perennials and annuals have slightly different growth specifications, detailed in their descriptions.
All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.
Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.
For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.