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Blanket Flower

Gaillardia aristata

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona No
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Butterflies, bees
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1 × 1
Flowering Season May-September
Flower Color Orange, yellow
Minimum Temperature Range -10 °F
Leaf Description Clusters of spearhead like leaves at the base of the plant
Fruit Inconspicuous.
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Elevation Range 656-9500 ft.
Description Not technically an Arizona native though we do have a closely related plant G. pulchella. However, this is one of the most common flowers seeded or planted into xeriscapes and it's not hard to see why. Showy orange and yellow blooms appear on top of thin stalks in the spring and fall, and add a pop of color to gardens. This flower can be grown in almost any garden in Arizona from the low desert up into the mountains of northern Arizona. Plants can reseed and self establish in a garden, particularly with irrigation.