Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata) in the Blanket Flowers Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 18 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: red and yellow
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Birds
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Self fertile
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Beetles

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Location: In my gardenDate: 2014-09-05
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Date: 2016-09-02
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2014-09-05
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Date: 2014-08-21photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau Inc.
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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: Spring 2011This plant is evergreen and blooms in the spring.
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Location: Tabby's GardenDate: junegrown from seed
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Courtesy Sustainable Seed Company
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Location: along fence of Lockheed Martin manufacturing site in Ft Worth, TxDate: 2014-05-21
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Date: 2016-09-02
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Date: 2016-09-02
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Location: Ankara, TurkeyDate: 2017-07-09
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Location: Tabby's GardenDate: junegrown from seed
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Location: Canoga Park, CaliforniaDate: 2011-06-10
By Kelli
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Location: along fence of Lockheed Martin manufacturing site in Ft Worth, TxDate: 2014-05-22
By jmorth
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 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
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Date: 2015-07-20
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Location: ILDate: 2009-08-11
By molanic
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Location: Central TexasDate: 2016-06-10
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Date: 2016-09-02
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Location: Coastal San Diego County Date: 2018-02-26
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Location: Fort Worth, TxDate: 2014-05-21
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2015-05-27
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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 12:00 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jul 9, 2014 4:59 AM

One of my favorites. Starts blooming in spring and goes all summer long here. Very colorful low bloomer. Happy with dry soil conditions. Easy to grow from seed.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 7:16 PM

According to the NPIN, Gaillardia aristata has special value to native bees.

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on May 16, 2016 10:13 AM

According to IPNI G. aristata was collected by Meriwether Lewis in Montana, July 1806. This is approximately three months before the end of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The plant was described in 1813 by Friedrich Traugott Pursch.

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