gaillardia

noun
gail·​lar·​dia | \ gə-ˈlär-d(ē-)ə How to pronounce gaillardia (audio) \

Definition of gaillardia

: any of a genus (Gaillardia) of American composite herbs with showy flower heads

called also blanketflower

Examples of gaillardia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This series will conclude on Thursday, Sept. 5, with a workshop featuring dahlias, zinnias, anemones, heuchera, black eyed Susan and gaillardia. courant.com, 21 Aug. 2019 Medium-height plants may include calendulas, peonies, gladiolus, lilies, standing cypress, echinacea, daisies, gaillardia, Swiss chard, zinnias or any annual or perennial that loves full sun exposure. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 21 Mar. 2018 The grassy path along the east side of the house is lined with tall goldenrod spikes, dune sunflower, spotted bee-balm, scorpion’s tail, gaillardia, yellowtop and other colorful wildflowers. Sun-Sentinel.com, 27 Sep. 2017 The daisies were beheaded, the gaillardia decimated. Elizabeth C. Leon, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2017 A: Although there are a number of possibilities, one of my favorites is the gaillardia, also called blanket flower. Ottillia "toots" Bier, Orange County Register, 16 June 2017 Although there are a number of possibilities, one of my favorites is the gaillardia, also called blanket flower. Ottillia "toots" Bier, Orange County Register, 16 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of gaillardia

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gaillardia

borrowed from New Latin, from René Gaillard de Charentonneau, 18th-century French magistrate and botanical amateur + -ia -ia entry 1

Note: Named by the French botanist Auguste Denis Fougeroux de Bondaroy (1732-89) in "Extrait dʼun mémoire … contenant la description dʼun nouveau genre de plante," Observations sur la physique, sur lʼhistoire naturelle et sur les arts, tome 29 (juillet, 1786), pp. 53-56. Fougeroux initially designated the plant Gaillarda, correcting it to Gaillardia in later publications.

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“Gaillardia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gaillardia. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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