Blanket Flowers are valuable for their very long season of bloom. This selection blooms profusely even in the first year, forming a low, compact mound. Large, daisy-like flowers with layers of pointed petals, yellow on the edges, deepening to rich apricot in the centre, appear in early summer and continue well into the fall. This is a never-before-seen colour mix in Blanket Flowers. Thrives in hot, sunny sites. It prefers poor to average well drained soils and doesn’t tolerate heavy clay soil that will stay wet through the winter. Removing faded flowers will encourage constant blooming. A 2011 Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner.
Sun Exposure: full sun
Soil type: average to poor soils. Prefers loose sandy soils. Not clay.
Soil PH: prefers neutral to alkaline. Add lime if soil is acidic.
Soil Moisture: dry
Care level: easy (deadhead regularly)
Flower color: gold orange
Bloom time: early summer to fall
Foliage Color: deep green
Uses and Characteristics: Accent: has beautiful texture, border, slopes, raised beds, container, cut flower, drought tolerant, salt tolerant, attracts bees and butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant
Flower head size: large
Height: 20-30 cm (8-12 inches) Width: 30-40 cm (12-16 inches)
Growth Rate: medium
Propagation: Divide every 2-3 years in the spring. Take cuttings in spring or summer.
Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Apricot’, Blanket flower, Zones 3-10
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