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Gaillardia aristata, commonly known as blanketflower, is a herbaceous perennial known for its vibrant and daisy-like flowers. The plant features distinctive red or orange-rayed petals surrounding a central disk, creating an eye-catching display. The leaves are typically lance-shaped and form a basal rosette.



Native to North America, gaillardia aristata thrives in various habitats, including prairies, meadows, and open woodlands. It is well-adapted to both natural and disturbed landscapes.


**Soil Conditions:**

Adaptable to a range of soil types, blanketflower prefers well-drained soils and can tolerate sandy or loamy conditions. It is often found in areas with moderate moisture levels.


**Plant Size:**

Gaillardia aristata generally reaches a height of 1 to 3 feet, forming a clump of basal leaves and sending up sturdy stems that bear the distinctive flowers.


**Flowering Period:**

The flowering period extends from late spring to early fall, with the striking blossoms attracting pollinators for an extended period. The flower heads remain open during the day, providing a prolonged display.


**Zone Hardiness:**

Blanketflower is hardy in USDA zones 3 to 10, showcasing its adaptability to a wide range of climates.


**Sun Requirements:**

Thriving in full sunlight, gaillardia aristata prefers open, sunny locations, making it an excellent choice for gardens and landscapes with ample exposure to sunlight.


**Ecological Services:**

As a nectar-rich flower, blanketflower attracts a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies, contributing to the overall biodiversity of the ecosystem. The plant's extended flowering period provides sustained resources for pollinators. Additionally, gaillardia aristata is known for its drought tolerance, making it a resilient and ecologically valuable species in various environments.

Blanketflower - Gaillardia aristata

  • Seeds require 30 days of cold moist stratification. Best results are either fall planting in the garden or in moist sand and kept in the refrigerator for 30 days.

    Alternatively you can use the "milk jug method" for sowing and germinating this native seed.


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