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Who killed my blanket flower?


Planted 3 blanket flowers last July and despite the weeks of triple digit weather they did not die. This spring they grew back incredibly full and was so happy! I water my garden approximately 1-2 times a week. Over the weekend when I watered my blanket flowers, the fullest one looked a little sad but nothing I didn’t think it could get over. Walked through my yard this evening and lo and behold someone killed my blanket flower! Is this a grub? An insect of sorts? Or is it not a creature but something else..? Thanks in advance. - Bess -


  1. 9 months, 1 week ago

    Blanketflowers (Gaillardia) like a well-drained, even sandy, soil. They are heat and drought tolerant, and don’t suffer from too many diseases or pests.

    I suspect from your description that the roots may have rotted, which is a symptom of too much water. Blanketflowers should not have mulch right up against the plant. They also prefer not to have overhead water.

    Inspect the roots of the deceased plant, if they are mushy and maybe have sowbugs around, over-watering is probably the cause. Unlike most of us, gaillardias love this hot, dry weather.

    Sorry about your plant. Hope the others survive.

    Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

  2. 8 months, 1 week ago

    even nurseries have problems with blanketflower when they get too much water…they like it dry.

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