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GAILLARDIA aristata

Image of Gaillardia aristata

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

GAILLARDIA aristata

Plant Common Name

Common Blanketflower

General Description

Blanketflower sports the warm colors of hand woven Native American blankets. The herbaceous perennial Gaillardia aristata is a tough and showy ornamental native to the plains of northern and western North America where it naturally inhabits grasslands and dry prairies. It has that rare combination of beauty, drought resistance and extreme hardiness.

This tidy wildflower forms clumps of coarsely toothed, lance-shaped, hairy green leaves. In summer it sends up branched stems covered with deep maroon red, orange or golden yellow daisies. The flowers attract bees and butterflies and are often bicolored. They will continue to bloom until fall if regularly deadheaded.

Blanketflowers are generally very easy to grow. Most prefer sunny locations with well-draining, fertile soil. They have few pest and disease problems—though they can suffer crown or root rot if planted in poorly drained soil. They are wonderfully easy to design with and perfect for wildflower or rock gardens, sunny mixed borders or butterfly gardens. Their moderately salt tolerance also makes them well-suited to roadside plantings. Common blanketflower will gently self-sow.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, North-Central United States, Western United States, Northwestern United States, Southwestern United States, Alaska

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Red, Orange, Burgundy

  • Fruit Color

    Sandy Brown

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes