Butterfly Garden Plant Gaillardia pulchella Firewheel
Other common names for this plant include Indian Blanket
Firewheel is an easy to grow annual nectar plant with a native range that is widespread across the United States and Canada. In some climates firewheel may be considered a short lived perennial but in most locations it is easily grown (and spread) by seed and treated as an annual. While its water requirements are low, Firewheel does require well drained soil. It will even thrive in light, sandy soils near beaches and seasides. Rich soil may cause fewer flowers and large, droopy plants.
Although Firewheel is a commonly found wild flower in prairies, roadsides, and meadows, there is no reason not to plant it in garden beds, as a container plant, or as a border in a dry, sunny location.
Importance as a butterfly nectar source:
Loved as a nectar plant by a wide variety of butterflies.
Importance as a caterpillar food source:
Firewheel is not a caterpillar food source.
|USDA Hardiness Zone||N/A|
|Bloom Period||April to August|
|Bloom Color||Yellow – Orange – Red|
|Plant Height||12 to 18 inches|
|Plant Spread||18 to 36 inches|
|Soil Moisture||Medium, well drained|
|Animal/Disease Problems||Generally pest free|
Plant rating scale ranges from 0 to 3. Plants rating 3 are the most useful for butterfly gardens. For more details on the ratings, see Native Plant Ratings