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

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 3”  flame-orange red blooms, tipped by a rim of bright yellow appear from June into the autumn. 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. An All America Selections and 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: orange-red-yellow

Bloom time: early summer to fall

Foliage Color: light 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.