Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Gaillardia

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Join the Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Dare County as they discuss plants that have been proven to survive and thrive here on the OBX!


These flowers are prolific on the barrier islands and will grow in the soft sand along beach walkways. These perennials now thoroughly naturalized from North Carolina to Florida, with North Carolina being its northern limit. They are a must-have here on the Outer Banks.

field of GaillardaGaillardia grows well in containers, or mass plant it for some amazing warm colors in your landscape. It works well in a border or let it naturalize in a meadow.

honey bee on gaillardia flowerIts flowers are not scented, but attract summer pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and beetles that use it for food, rest, and shelter.

Gaillardia seed headIn the Fall, plant the seeds by direct sowing and lightly racking in. Provide constant moisture for good germination and light fertilizer as needed.

Gaillardia plant

Gaillardia Highlights

  • Blooms Summer to Fall
  • Drought and salt tolerant
  • Prefers full sun
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Fast growing
  • Insect and deer resistant
  • No serious disease problems

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.

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Written By

Amy Jordan, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionAmy JordanAgricultural Technician Program Assistant Call Amy E-mail Amy N.C. Cooperative Extension, Dare County Center
Updated on May 8, 2020
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