Gaillardia aristata Pursh
Blanket Flower, Common Blanket Flower, Common Gaillardia, Great Blanket Flower
Gaillardia aristata f. aristata, Gaillardia aristata var. aristata, Gaillardia hallii, Virgilia grandiflora
Color: Yellow and brownish or reddish purple
Bloom Time: May to September
Gaillardia aristata is a perennial wildflower, up to 27.6 inches (70 cm) tall, with lance-shaped leaves near the base and several erect, naked stems holding the flowers. Each flower head has a center of brownish or reddish purple disc florets and a fringe of ray florets which are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long and yellow to reddish with dark bases. The fruit is a stout, hairy achene, up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long including the long, spiky pappus.
How to Grow and Care
Learning how to grow Blanket Flower is a fairly simple process. They are easily started from seeds or may be purchased as seedlings for a garden display of blooms in red and yellow colors of the traditional Indian blanket.
Sow seeds into a well-draining soil and cover slightly. Although drought tolerant once established, care of Blanket Flowers includes keeping the seeds moist until germination occurs. Once established, occasional watering should become a part of Blanket Flowers' care. This assists in a longer display of the colorful blooms.
Care of Gaillardias includes planting in a full sun location to keep this fast growing specimen happy. As a native plant to the central United States and Mexico, Blanket Flower is a heat loving flower that attracts butterflies. Growing Blanket Flowers are drought tolerant and do not like wet feet from soggy soil. Growing Blanket Flowers can naturalize in a meadow or field adding hues of color. Easy care of Blanket Flowers makes them an ideal specimen for many landscape uses… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Blanket Flowers.
Native to much of northern and western North America, where it grows in many habitats.