How to Deadhead Blanket Flower


Blanket flower is a hardy perennial wildflower that adds bright summer color to low-maintenance flower beds and borders. The large flowers have crimson petals tipped in bright yellow with darker red and yellow centers. To keep your blanket flowers looking their best and to encourage further blooming, deadheading is necessary. Deadheading is the removal of spent blooms before they go to seed. Once a flower produces seed successfully, it no longer blooms as it has achieved its purpose.

Step 1

Inspect the blanket flower plant for spent and withered flower petals. Remove the stem of any dying flower where it joins the main plant by cutting it off with a small pair of scissors.

Step 2

Look for flowers that have already begun forming seeds. Remove the entire stem where it joins the main plant.

Step 3

Clip off any leaves that are damaged or dying. Leave at least two sets of leaves on the plant or it will not survive.

Step 4

Dispose of all removed plant material by throwing away or composting the clippings. Avoid leaving dead plant material in the flower bed as it will breed disease that may damage your blanket flowers.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not compost any parts of the flower if they appear to be diseased, as disease may survive the composting process and be spread to other plants when you use the compost.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors


  • University of Illinois Extension
Keywords: deadheading blanket flowers, wildflower care, trimming perennials

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