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. Masses of large, deep red blossoms are produced all summer, even under hot and dry conditions. Very floriferous. Occasional yellow accents and centers as tips of Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades mature.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.  Sister to Arizona Sun

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: deep red

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: 25-30 cm (10-12 inches)  Width: 25-30 cm ( 10-12 inches)

Growth Rate: medium

Propagation: Divide every 2-3 years in the spring. Take cuttings in spring or summer.  

Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Red Shades’, Blanket flower, Zones 3-10

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