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Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Arizona Sun’ (Blanket Flower)

Blanket Flower 'Arizona Sun', Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'

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Reminiscent of the desert sun in Arizona, Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Arizona Sun’ (Blanket Flower) produces 3 in. wide (7 cm), single flowers with mahogany red rays adorned with a golden-yellow ring at their tips. This short-lived perennial is renowned for its profuse, long-lasting, colorful mounds of bright flowers atop attractive gray-green foliage from early summer to fall. Rich in nectar, the flowers are real magnets for butterflies!

  • Won multiple awards including the All-America selection Award (2005) and FleuroSelect Gold Medal award for its garden performance
  • Easily grown in a compact mound up to 8-10 in. tall (20-55 cm) and 10-12 in wide (25-30 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.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 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 Compositae
Genus Gaillardia
Common names Gaillardia, Blanket Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 10" - 12"
(25cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Bees
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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Alternative Plants to Consider

Gaillardia aristata (Great Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia pulchella (Indian Blanket)
Gaillardia ‘Burgundy’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Celebration’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Sun Devil’ (Blanket Flower)
Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Red Sun’ (Blanket Flower)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 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 Compositae
Genus Gaillardia
Common names Gaillardia, Blanket Flower
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 8" - 10"
(20cm - 25cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(25cm - 30cm)
Spacing 10" - 12"
(25cm - 30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Bees
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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