Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Celebration' (PBR)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
blanketflower 'Celebration'


The Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Celebration', commonly known as the Blanket Flower 'Celebration', is a striking perennial that boasts a vibrant display of colors. This plant forms a clump of green foliage from which long stems arise. The leaves are typically hairy and lance-shaped, providing a textured background for the flowers. The most enchanting attribute of the Blanket Flower 'Celebration' are its vivid blossoms. These flowers showcase a rich palette ranging from deep red or burgundy to shades of bright yellow and orange. The blooms have a daisy-like form, with a central disk often appearing maroon or dark brown, encircled by petals that may be banded in contrasting hues. The flowers are conspicuous, with overlapping layers of petals that can have fringed or serrated edges, adding to the plant's festive appearance. In full bloom, the Blanket Flower 'Celebration' becomes a focal point in any garden setting, drawing the eye with its bold colors and exuberant floral display. It's not only a visual treat but also a magnet for pollinators such as butterflies and bees, which adds dynamic life to its surroundings.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Blanket Flower, Celebration Bicolor Gaillardia, Celebration Gaillardia

    • Common names

      Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Celebration' (PBR)

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Blanket Flower is not known to be toxic to humans. There are no significant reports of poisoning from ingesting any part of the Blanket Flower, and it is generally considered safe in terms of human toxicity.

    • To pets

      Blanket Flower is not known to be toxic to pets. There are no significant reports of pet poisoning or toxicity associated with the Blanket Flower. It is generally regarded as non-toxic for animals, including pets like dogs and cats. Therefore, ingesting parts of this plant typically does not result in any harmful consequences for pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens with its bright blooms.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Draws in bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it is known for its ability to withstand dry conditions, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care, making it ideal for busy gardeners or those looking for low-maintenance landscapes.
    • Long Blooming: Flowers from early summer to fall, providing extended display of blooms.
    • Versatile: Suitable for borders, rock gardens, and as cut flowers for arrangements.
    • Deer Resistance: Not typically favored by deer, which can help prevent damage to the garden.
    • Heat Tolerance: Thrives in hot climates, maintaining its vibrancy even during the heat of summer.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Gaillardia, also known as Blanket Flower, can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, yielding vibrant yellows and oranges depending on the mordant used.
    • In the kitchen, the bright petals of Blanket Flower can be used to decorate salads and desserts for an edible splash of color.
    • Blanket Flower petals can serve as a color guide or inspiration for artists and designers seeking natural color palettes for their work.
    • These flowers can be included in educational activities for children, teaching them about pollination and the lifecycles of plants and insects.
    • When dried, Blanket Flower can be used in ornamental wreaths and as part of dry flower arrangements for long-lasting decorations.
    • Gaillardia can be used in companion planting to attract beneficial insects that help to naturally control garden pests.
    • The striking colors of the Blanket Flower can be used in landscape photography as a foreground or background element to enhance natural scene compositions.
    • Blanket Flower's ability to thrive in difficult soil conditions can be utilized to stabilize soil and prevent erosion in at-risk areas.
    • Dried petals of the Blanket Flower can be incorporated into homemade potpourri mixes to add color and a slight natural fragrance.
    • Blanket Flower seed heads can serve as a natural bird feeder in the garden, attracting finches and other seed-eating birds.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Blanket Flower is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Blanket Flower is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: The gaillardia, commonly known as blanket flower, is a plant that thrives in tough conditions and full sun, symbolizing the human ability to endure and persevere through challenges.
    • Festivity: With its bright and bold colors, the blanket flower represents celebration and joy, bringing a festive spirit to any garden or occasion.
    • Protection: Named after the way it can spread and cover a space like a blanket, this flower can symbolize protection and comfort.
    • Optimism: The cheerful appearance of the blanket flower imbues a sense of optimism and positivity, reminiscent of sunny, summer days.

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  • water dropWater

    Gaillardia, commonly known as Blanket Flower, prefers evenly moist soil during the growing season, so it should be watered once a week with about one inch of water. During hot and dry conditions, you may need to water it twice a week to maintain suitable moisture levels, especially if it's planted in well-draining soil which tends to dry out faster. In cooler seasons or rainy periods, reduce the frequency to prevent soggy conditions. Always check the top few inches of the soil for dryness before watering. It’s better to provide a deep watering so that the moisture reaches the deeper root zones, rather than frequent shallow watering.

  • sunLight

    Blanket Flower thrives in full sun and will perform the best when it is situated in a location that receives at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. Avoid placing it in areas with too much shade as this can lead to poor bloom development and an increased risk of fungal diseases due to reduced air circulation and less intense light. An ideal spot would be an open garden area without overhead obstructions like trees or taller plants that could cast a shadow.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Blanket Flower can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it grows best in conditions where the temperature remains between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can withstand temperatures down to about -20 degrees Fahrenheit in winter and can survive summer highs that exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but prolonged exposure to extreme conditions can be detrimental. It’s ideal to plant it in locations that don't experience drastic temperature fluctuations for optimal health and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Blanket Flower involves deadheading spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering and prevent self-seeding, which keeps the garden tidy and promotes more blooms. Also, you can cut back the plant by one-third in late summer if it becomes leggy or to rejuvenate the foliage. Pruning should be done regularly throughout the flowering season, and a more thorough cutback can be performed in late autumn or early spring to prepare the plant for new growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Blanket Flower prefers a soil mix consisting of well-draining loamy or sandy soil, with added organic matter such as compost. The soil pH should lean towards slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0. It is important to avoid soils that retain excessive moisture to prevent root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Blanket Flowers do not require frequent repotting and can thrive in the same pot for several years. They should be repotted if they become root-bound or when the soil is depleted of nutrients, approximately every 2-3 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Blanket Flower tolerates a wide range of humidity levels and does not require any special humidity considerations. It thrives in outdoor conditions, thus typical ambient outdoor humidity is sufficient for its growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-drained soil, drought-tolerant.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Celebration', commonly known as Blanket Flower, starts its life cycle with seed germination, which occurs in warm soil conditions and with adequate moisture. From germination, the seedlings develop into young plants with a rosette of basal leaves. As the plant matures, it forms upright stems and begins its vegetative growth phase, producing a proliferation of foliage. Following the vegetative stage, the plant enters the flowering phase in late spring or early summer, showcasing vibrant red and yellow blooms which attract pollinators and can last until the first frost. After blooming, the Blanket Flower sets seeds, completing its reproductive cycle; these seeds can be dispersed by wind or other means to give rise to new plants. The plant is a perennial, so after the flowering season, it typically goes dormant in winter, storing energy in its roots to regrow in the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Gaillardia × grandiflora 'Celebration', commonly known as Blanket Flower, is often propagated by division, which is the most popular method for this perennial plant. The best time to divide Blanket Flowers is in the spring or early fall when the plant is not in active bloom. To propagate by division, you should carefully dig up the entire plant, using a shovel or garden fork, and gently tease apart the root ball into smaller clumps, ensuring that each section has a portion of the roots and shoots. These clumps can then be immediately replanted in the ground or potted up, spacing them about 12 to 15 inches (30 to 38 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate growth. It's important to water the new divisions thoroughly after planting to help establish them.