Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'
Common Name: Blanket Flower
A 2005 All-American Selection and winner of the 2005 Fleuroselect Gold Medal. This compact and uniform perennial produces masses of large, 3" diameter, fiery orange-red blooms tipped by a ring of rich flame yellow. Butterflies are highly attracted to its bright colors. Since these plants bloom from early summer into fall, they will provide continuous color in containers and will keep those vases full of fresh blanket flower bouquets all season long.
These perennials require little care once established. They are heat tolerant and actually prefer to be grown in poorer soils. They get their name from the manner in which they used to blanket North American prairies with their blooms. They can still be found in fields and along roadsides in the prairie region and into the Rockies.