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Gaillardia aristata

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaillardia (gay-LAR-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: aristata (a-ris-TAH-tuh) (Info)

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RodSprague On Jun 11, 2012, RodSprague from Moscow, ID wrote:

I grew mine from local native seed, so I know it grows here.

Positive hillfarm On Nov 27, 2010, hillfarm from Quesnel, BC (Zone 4a) wrote:

Showy wildflower here in the Cariboo region of interior British Columbia; one I get asked about often - people can't believe it's a "wild" flower & not an escaped garden flower.

Tough as nails; Zone 2 at least; drought tolerant and thrives in the most inhospitable sites - have it growing here on the roadside that runs through the farm in pure gravel where it gets run over by vehicles and scraped by the road grader. Every June the same plants are still there, blooming away!

Positive melody On Nov 11, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very hardy and attractive. These flowers bloom way past the first light frosts of the season till they ultimately succumb to the hard freeze.

This means that they are a staple on my Thanksgiving table here in West KY. I never fail to have a bowl of them to dress up the setting.

Positive DavidPat5 On Aug 30, 2003, DavidPat5 from Chicago, IL wrote:

I started this plant 4 years ago from seed and it has divided so well I now have 15 plants from it. The flowers last for a week in a vase and deadheading it makes the it flower even more. Definately my favorite.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Flagstaff, Arizona
Milford, Connecticut
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Kissimmee, Florida
Sarasota, Florida
Webster, Florida
Marietta, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Moscow, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Lane, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Frederick, Maryland
Billerica, Massachusetts
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Blair, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
Woodsville, New Hampshire
Denville, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Greenville, North Carolina
Wake Forest, North Carolina
Columbus, Ohio
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Haltom City, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Waxahachie, Texas
Camano Island, Washington
Clinton, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Rosalia, Washington
Washougal, Washington
Morgantown, West Virginia

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