It grows well in poor, sandy soil with good drainage and will thrive in most parts of the country.
It needs little attention – water it well during dry spells, especially in summer in the winter rainfall areas, but don’t over-fertilise or over-water because then the plant will produce more leaves at the expense of flowers.
To ensure your blanket flower keeps on blooming, cut back old flowering stems regularly. It grows easily from seed; divide established plants in early spring.
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