GAILLARDIA aristata (Blanketflower) is a perennial flowering plant belonging to the family Asteraceae. Native to North America, it is known for its showy, daisy-like flowers and its ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Blanketflower is a clump-forming plant that typically grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) and spreads about 1 to 1.5 feet (30 to 45 cm) wide. It has grayish-green, lance-shaped leaves that are hairy and toothed along the edges. The flowers have a distinct daisy-like appearance with vibrant colors.
The flowers of Gaillardia aristata are the highlight of this plant. They have a composite structure with prominent ray florets and a central disc that contains the true flowers. The ray florets are often red or yellow with a dark red or maroon center. The color combinations can vary, but the common ones include red, orange, yellow, and bi-colored patterns.
Blanketflowers typically bloom from late spring to early fall, producing flowers in abundance. The flowering period can vary depending on the climate and growing conditions. The vibrant flowers of Blanketflower attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators to the garden, making it a great choice for wildlife gardens or pollinator-friendly landscapes.
Gaillardia aristata thrives in full sun to partial shade. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate a wide range of soil types, including sandy or rocky soils. It is relatively drought-tolerant once established but benefits from regular watering during dry periods. This plant is also tolerant of hot and dry conditions.
Gaillardia aristata is a relatively low-maintenance plant. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage prolonged blooming and prevent self-seeding, although some gardeners may allow the plant to self-seed to create naturalized areas. In colder climates, it is advisable to provide a layer of mulch around the plant in winter to protect it from extreme cold.
Gaillardia aristata is a beautiful and hardy perennial that adds a splash of color to gardens and landscapes. With its attractive flowers and ability to attract pollinators, it is a popular choice among gardeners looking to create vibrant and wildlife-friendly spaces.
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Scientific Name: Gaillardia Aristata
Common Name: Blanketflower
Plant Type: Perennials
Family: Gaillardia-Blanket Flowers
Native Range: California to British Columbia
Zones: 3 to 10
Full Growth Height: 2-3 ft
Width in Across: 1-2 ft
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: June to September
Flower: Fragrant, Showy
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Yellow Petals with Red Center Disk and Red Rays
Tolerate: Deer, Drought
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Well-Drained, Sand, Loam, Chalk
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Gardening Uses: Beds, Borders, Patio Containers