Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket, Gaillardia
Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gaillardia (gay-LAR-dee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Arizona Sun

Category:

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Red-Orange

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

Non-patented

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:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

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Anchorage, Alaska

Chandler, Arizona

Goodyear, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona

Glen Avon, California

Mountain View, California

Riverside, California

San Leandro, California

Denver, Colorado

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Seymour, Connecticut

Seaford, Delaware

Umatilla, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Rincon, Georgia

Winterville, Georgia

Glendale Heights, Illinois

Mackinaw, Illinois

Elizabethtown, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Atalissa, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

Kansas City, Kansas

Lansing, Kansas

Bardstown, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Aberdeen, Maryland

Dundalk, Maryland

Billerica, Massachusetts

Burlington, Massachusetts

North Attleboro, Massachusetts

Blissfield, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Royal Oak, Michigan

Westland, Michigan

Albertville, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Norfolk, Nebraska

Derry, New Hampshire

Greenville, New Hampshire

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Buffalo, New York

East Amherst, New York

Elba, New York

Kinderhook, New York

Utica, New York

West Islip, New York

Benson, North Carolina

Candler, North Carolina

Concord, North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Tallmadge, Ohio

Westerville, Ohio

Edmond, Oklahoma

Enid, Oklahoma

Bend, Oregon

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania

Center Valley, Pennsylvania

Dover, Pennsylvania

Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

Jessup, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Fort Mill, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Aransas Pass, Texas

Austin, Texas

Cibolo, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Grand Prairie, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas (2 reports)

Killeen, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Farmington, Utah

Radford, Virginia

Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Battle Ground, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Warden, Washington

Morgantown, West Virginia

Menasha, Wisconsin

Kinnear, Wyoming

Sundance, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:

8
positives
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 15, 2013, drobarr from Hummelstown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

easy to grow and drought tolerant.

Positive

On May 11, 2013, Kell0339 from St Paul, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

The 3 blanket flower plants flowered like crazy all summer--I couldn't keep up with deadheading. I watered the plants a few times after first planting them and then just forgot about them. They were located by the alley facing south--very sunny and hot. Sadly, even though blanket flower is supposed to be hardy in zone 4, none of the plants come back this spring.

6/8/13: I take that back. A couple of days ago I noticed small fuzzy leaves of the blanket flower plant coming up. Hurrah! We've had such a late spring this year.

Positive

On Apr 28, 2013, goldcow from Irving, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Love this plant. Expected a wild straggly mess but it is very compact and constantly in bloom with lots of flowers. I planted last year and it came back strong this year. It started blooming mid-April. It is very short (6-10") and compact but has spread to about 18x12 inch wide clump this year from a 4" pot planted last year.

Neutral

On Jun 4, 2012, Dosetaker from Mason, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very pretty flower, but highly susceptible to White Smut fungus.

Positive

On May 17, 2012, davidkumpula from Fort Mill, SC wrote:

I grew a few of these from seed and have them planted in full sun with little supplemental watering in the hot, humid Southeast. So far, I am pleased with the result. The plants are short and compact for blanket flowers, and bloom prolifically starting in late April here. They are a great addition for the front of my planting beds.

Positive

On Sep 1, 2011, themikesmom wrote:

My favorite Gaillardia Daisy of all time. Very simalar to the 'Grenadine' cultivar Gaillardia but even more bright and stunning. Sandra.

Neutral

On Oct 23, 2009, kentstar from Ravenna, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Arizona Sun gaillardia was a beautiful bright colored and heavily flowering plant for me. I planted in 2008 and it came back without a problem.
The only problem I had with it is that it developed 'White Smut" disease which is known to occur in gaillardia's, echinaceas, and a few other host plants. It has to be dug out and tossed in the trash, because it can infect other plants and cause their death. I only pray that my echinaceas were spared this disease.
I gave the plant a neutral rating because, #1 its a beauty and does well, but #2 it had to be shovel pruned due to the disease. Some good some bad I guess. I hope someday to be able to plant another one that doesn't carry the host disease.

Positive

On May 25, 2009, jeff0452 from Rio Rancho, NM wrote:

We put this in a sunny, hot, dry spot last year. Unlike other new introductions to our garden, this one did not die back at all, and even had a few blooms that season. This year it has come back larger, and has many blooms already. I cut some dead foliage off in early spring, and deadhead - that's it. A winner for spots where other plants would not be able to handle dry heat.

Neutral

On Mar 21, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Short 8-10" - Plant 12" apart. zone 3-9 Large orange red blossoms with a ring of yellow. From early summer on this plant produces. The ends of the petals have a torn, ruffled appearance. Butterflies are drawn to it.

New plants can be started by cutting straight down along the side of a clump in midsummer. New plants will form at the severed roots. Loves poor loose soils (no clay).

Positive

On May 13, 2006, Sheila965 from Rincon, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

These plants are hardy and beautiful. Mine come back each year, appears to be from root, but they also propogate heavily from seed. They are in the same location I planted them last year. Gorgeous color! They were one of the first to bloom in my garden in the spring. They'll stay beautiful until frost.

Positive

On May 21, 2005, BeginnerLucky from Elkton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine are blooming already. The red on this flower is lovely---intense, but transparent, like a red watercolor wash over bright yellow.