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Gaillardia aristata (Great Blanket Flower)

Common Gaillardia, Great Blanket Flower, Blanket Flower, Brown-eyed Susan

Gaillardia aristata ,Common Gaillardia, Great Blanket Flower, Blanket Flower, Brown-eyed Susan, Red Flowers, Bicolor Flowers, Drought tolerant flowers, Salt tolerant flowers

A long-lived western native, Gaillardia aristata (Great Blanket Flower) is an erect perennial wildflower boasting daisy-like flower heads, 3 in. across (7 cm), with a red center disk surrounded by red rays with yellow tips. Blooming from late spring to fall, the flowers provide continuous color in the garden or containers. They are borne atop hairy stems with clasping, dandelion-like leaves. The rough-hairy, lance-shaped, alternate leaves, 6 in. long (15 cm), are entire to coarsely-toothed, or rarely pinnately divided. Rich in nectar, the flowers attract many pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Birds love the seed heads. An important wildflower of the prairies and meadows, Gaillardia aristata is easy to grow, heat and drought tolerant and requires little care. Gaillardia aristata looks best in naturalistic plantings and can be used as an ornamental specimen plant or a mass display in low xeriscape and water-wise gardens.

  • Grows up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm). May reseed in optimum growing conditions.
  • Thrives in full sun, in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Prefers moist, organically rich, sharply drained soils, but tolerates dry soils and drought. Requires supplemental moisture only during extended hot, dry conditions.
  • A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to beds and borders, containers, rock gardens, butterfly gardens, or prairies and meadows.
  • Susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soils. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew, aster yellows, and fungal leaf spot diseases.
  • If flowering declines in the heat of summer, cut back to promote a fall bloom.
  • Propagated by seed, root division or separation of offsets. Plant untreated seed in spring or fall. Make root divisions in early spring. Plants raised from seed will not flower the first year.
  • Native from North Dakota to Colorado west to California and British Columbia.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Gaillardia
Common names Blanket Flower, Gaillardia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, California, Northeast, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Celebration’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Sun Devil’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Red Sun’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Oranges and Lemons’ (Blanket Flower)

Recommended Companion Plants

Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow)
Asclepias speciosa (Showy Milkweed)
Callirhoe involucrata (Purple Poppy Mallow)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Gaillardia
Common names Blanket Flower, Gaillardia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, California, Northeast, Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Midwest, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Gravel and Rock Garden
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Do I Need?
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