Plant Profile Gaillardia arisata ‘Arizona Apricot’ & ‘Arizona Sun’

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Common Name: Blanket Flower
  • Exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy to Zone 3 or -40 degrees
  • Mature size: 12” x 12”
  • Bloom Time: Early summer into fall

Both of these cultivars of the native blanket flower produce masses of 3-3.5” flowers and are early summer to fall blooming, deer resistant, drought tolerant, prefer lean, well draining soil, and are compact. Both are well branched, tidy and only grow 12” tall by 12” wide and won’t flop or become rangy like many of the taller cultivars on the market.

Gaillardia derives its common name blanket flower, for the way they used to blanket the American prairies. The species can be found growing wild in sunny, hot, open areas around Spokane.

Gaillardia ‘Arizona Apricot’ is new to the market and flaunts petals with more subtle coloring of gold and apricot. The central cones are a soft chartreuse yellow.

Gaillardia ‘Arizona Sun’ is flamboyant with burning orange red petals, all tipped with bright, saturated yellow. The cone in the center is a rich, reddish brown color. Butterflies are attracted to the bright colors. Cut blooms are great in a vase.

Janis Saiki

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