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Gaillardia aristata (Great Blanket Flower)

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


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 of 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 where happy.
  • 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.

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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 Gaillardia - Blanket Flowers
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)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


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 Gaillardia - Blanket Flowers
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)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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