Gaillardia Seeds - Perennial


Gaillardia aristata

Also known as Blanket Flower. Vivid, red and yellow blooms make magnificent cut flowers. Robust plants bloom prolifically from early summer through fall. Plant grow to 12-24" high. These seeds benefit from cold stratification, so either direct sow outdoors after your first hard frost in the fall, or cold stratify the seeds in a refrigerator prior to sowing in the spring. Full sun. Perennial.

  • Planting Information
  • Growing Information
  • Seed Saving Information
Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost65-80°FFull SunFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Direct Seed1/8"10-12"130
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
20-24"14-21Perennial2-3 years

Bed Preparation


Gaillardia prefers well-drained soil with a near neutral pH and is tolerant of average or poor nutrient soils. Choose a site with full sun.




Direct sow seed outdoors after last frost date or start seed indoors 4-6 weeks earlier. Sow seeds 1/8" deep and 4-6" apart. Seeds will sprout in 14-42 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 12-18" apart.

Keep adequately moist for first year until plants become well established. Drought tolerant once established.


Seed Saving

Perennial Gaillardia seed matures throughout summer until fall. Seed is ready to harvest when dry and fluffy. Store seeds in a cool, dry place. Seeds are viable for 2-3 years.