Indian blanket is a major wildflower of the prairies and meadows. It reseeds readily and is easy to grow; good drainage is the only requirement. Rich soils will produce large, floppy plants with few flowers. Indian blanket is very easy to grow and is commonly used in roadside & meadow plantings. This species is a short-lived perennial in warm, coastal areas. The bloom period can be prolonged by deadheading and supplemental summer watering.
Native Environment: Prairie
Height: 1 to 1.5 feet
Spread: .5 to 1 feet
Bloom Time: June to Frost
Color: Red, yellow on red/yellow bi-color with dark centers
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Season of Interest: Mid (May to June), Late (July - frost), Winter (Nov - Mar)
Soil Moisture: Dry/moderate
Special Usage: Naturalize, Self Seeding Annual
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Native Bees
Value to Beneficial Insects: Attracts large number of Native Bees
Medicinal Use: Tea of root for gastroenteritis, chewed powdered root applied to skin disorders. Sore nipples of nursing mothers bathed in tea made from the plant, also used for sore eyes. Kiowa considered it good luck.