Blanket flower

Gaillardia aristata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

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Gaillardia aristata is also called common gaillardia. It's a native wildflower from North and Western America. It grows to around two foot tall and has lance shaped leaves that grow around the base of the plant. From this grow stems topped with attractive daisy-like flowers. The centre of the flower is a button of red or brown, the long thin petals fan out from the centre, darker red near the centre, fading through orange or pink to yellow at the edges. They have been used by Plateau Indians to treat wounds and fevers.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.25
Spread [m]
  • 0.25 - 0.3
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Mound-forming
  • Upright
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Extended flowering period
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • Roses & classics
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Cut flowers
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 1 to 2 years
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Blanket flower

PLANTS Gaillardia

Gaillardias are part of the sunflower family, there are about 24 species in the genus. They are also known as blanket flowers. They have gorgeous bright blooms and have a good drought tolerance. They're native to America and gain their name from M. Gaillard de Charentonneau, a French patron of botany after whom the genus was named. It grows to around two foot high, the flowers are large daisy-like blooms, red, orange, yellow or brown, either one colour or a pretty blend of two colours. It grows well in poor dry soil, even in sand so can be found by the seashore in some areas.

Blanket flower 'Bauerngarten'

PLANTS Gaillardia 'Bauerngarten' | -40°C - 4°C beginner Full sun

Gaillardia 'Bauerngarten' is commonly known as Blanket flower 'Bauerngarten'. This perennial has grey-green foliage and daisy like flowers that look beautiful in flowerbeds. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil. Requires pruning after flowering.

Blanket flower

PLANTS Gaillardia x grandiflora | -40°C - -7°C beginner Full sun

Gaillardia x grandiflora is an herbaceous short-lived perennial that develops bright orange, red and yellow blooms that attract wildlife and provide immediate interest in any garden. Often called blanket flower, g. x grandiflora is best grown in full sun and provided with well-drained soil. It’s tolerant to some drought, making it an ideal plant for hot borders in direct sunshine. During longer dry periods, it may need watering. Whilst winter hardy, in particularly cold areas, it can be used effectively as an annual.