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Common Name: Blanket Flower
Gaillardia pinnatifida is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.40 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Southern N. America - Colorado to Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas to Mexico.
Clays or sandy soils, often disturbed places, in grasslands, desert scrub-lands, or pinyon woodlands at elevations of 900 - 2000 metres[
Requires a position in full sun, succeeding in any moderately fertile well-drained soil[
]. Performs well in poor soils and copes well with hot dry conditions[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
]. Some winter protection, especially in areas experiencing heavy snows, is recommended. Covering the plants with brush wood should be enough[
Plants are so prolific and long blooming that they often exhaust themselves and are then short-lived[
]. They can flower in their first year from seed[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The dried seeds can be ground into a powder then kneaded into seed butter and spread on bread[
The plant is used as a diuretic, taken to give relief from painful urination[
An infusion of the leaves is taken internally, and a poultice applied externally, in the treatment of gout[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division, with care[
Root cuttings in the winter[