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Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'

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

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

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


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:

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

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8 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

easy to grow and drought tolerant.

Positive Kell0339 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 goldcow 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 Dosetaker On Jun 4, 2012, Dosetaker from Mason, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

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

Positive davidkumpula 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 themikesmom On Sep 1, 2011, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

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

Neutral kentstar 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 jeff0452 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 berrygirl 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 Sheila965 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 BeginnerLucky 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.


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

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
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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