PlantFiles: Blanket Flower, Indian Blanket Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'
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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
Bloom Color: Red Red-Orange 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: 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 Peoria, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Tempe, Arizona Glen Avon, California Mountain View, California Riverside, California San Leandro, California Glenwood Springs, Colorado Lakeside, Colorado Seymour, Connecticut Seaford, Delaware Martinez, Georgia Rincon, Georgia Winterville, Georgia Glendale Heights, Illinois Mackinaw, Illinois Elizabethtown, Indiana Rocky Ripple, Indiana Atalissa, Iowa Des Moines, Iowa Kansas City, Kansas Lansing, Kansas Hebron, Kentucky Woodlawn, Kentucky Aberdeen, Maryland Dundalk, Maryland Billerica, Massachusetts Burlington, Massachusetts North Attleborough, Massachusetts Blissfield, Michigan Dearborn Heights, Michigan Royal Oak, Michigan Westland, Michigan St Paul, Minnesota Florence, Mississippi Norfolk, Nebraska Derry, New Hampshire Greenville, New Hampshire Elephant Butte, New Mexico Rio Rancho, New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico East Amherst, New York Elba, New York Kinderhook, New York Utica, New York West Islip, New York Benson, North Carolina Brices Creek, North Carolina Candler, North Carolina Concord, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Columbus, Ohio Huber Ridge, Ohio Tallmadge, Ohio Deschutes River Woods, Oregon Bellefonte, Pennsylvania Center Valley, Pennsylvania Dover, Pennsylvania Jessup, Pennsylvania Mercer, Pennsylvania Philadelphia, Pennsylvania West Goshen, Pennsylvania West Wyomissing, Pennsylvania Fort Mill, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Seven Oaks, South Carolina Knoxville, Tennessee Aransas Pass, Texas Austin, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Grand Prairie, Texas Houston, Texas Irving, Texas (2 reports) Killeen, Texas Redwood, Texas Richmond, Texas Farmington, Utah Fairlawn, Virginia Stuarts Draft, Virginia Battle Ground, Washington Kalama, Washington Spokane, Washington Warden, Washington Brookhaven, West Virginia Menasha, Wisconsin Johnstown, Wyoming Sundance, Wyoming