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Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot' (Blanket Flower)

Blanket Flower 'Arizona Apricot', Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Apricot'


Free-flowering, award-winner Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot' (Blanket Flower) is a bushy, often short-lived herbaceous perennial with large, rich apricot flowers, up to 3.5 in. wide (8 cm), adorned with multiple rows of pointed petals. Each petal exhibits yellow tips and surrounds a darker orange center, which gives way to attractive globe-shaped seed heads. Blooming from early summer into fall, the daisy-like flowers cover the compact, uniform mound of bright green foliage. Rich of nectar, the flowers are real magnets for butterflies. Drought and heat tolerant, this Blanket Flower requires little care once established. This plant is rated highly for its all-around garden performance and long flowering season. Blooms profusely even in the first year.

  • Winner of the All America selection Award (2011).
  • Easily grown in a compact mound up to 12 in. tall and wide (30 cm).
  • Thrives in full sun, in average, medium, well-drained soils, in rocky or sandy places. Although dry soils tolerant, it prefers moist soils but good drainage is essential!
  • Easy care plant with few insect or disease problems. Rarely eaten by deer.
  • A wonderful addition to the garden, this enthusiastic bloomer is well suited to perennial borders, containers, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens or cutting gardens. Makes excellent cut flowers.
  • Easy to grow from seed in the garden after the last frost or indoors 4-6 weeks earlier.
  • Remove faded flowers to encourage further blooms.
  • Blanket flowers are often relatively short-lived. Cutting back clumps to 6 in. in late summer (15 cm) often increases their chances of winter survival. You can also keep your plants vigorous by dividing them every 2-3 years in spring or early fall.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 10
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 Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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Photo: All-America Selections, Walters Gardens Inc

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 2 – 10
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 Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 10" – 12" (25cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Salt
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Cutting Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow, Traditional Garden

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