Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower

Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Apricot'

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Let’s take it down a notch. Blanket Flowers are high-energy plants best known for their flamboyant flowers in bicolor bullseye patterns of rich gold and hot red. Arizona Apricot offers a tamer (and quite lovely!) option. Its large flowers are adorned with warm peachy-orange petals tipped in clear yellow. The gentler color scheme makes it easy to incorporate Blanket Flowers into your landscape. Arizona Apricot makes a satisfying picture with blue- or burgundy-leaved plants, and it’s fantastic with blue or purple flowers. It doesn’t fight for attention, but complements its companions wonderfully.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring to Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

The Story

The modern Blanket Flower is the result of a pair of American wildflower Spirits that went on a European vacation. The Common Blanket Flower is a perennial species that grows in the western U.S. from North Dakota to Colorado and California. Indian Blanket is an annual species from the American Southwest. In a Belgian garden in 1857, the two species hybridized, producing the form most often grown by gardeners today. Despite the name, Arizona Apricot is a variety that went back to Europe for further refinements. It was developed by the German firm Benary and hit our shores in 2011.

The Details

Flowers galore! Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower is one of the longest-blooming Spirits you can buy. If you deadhead it (snip off the spent blooms), you may get flowers from late spring until frost. Towards the end of the season, let some blossoms go to seed. Goldfinches will appreciate it.

How to Grow

A hybrid of two western species, Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower loves bright sunshine, low humidity, cool nights, and dry summers. The soil should be average to sandy, and sharp drainage is a must. Wet, clayey ground—especially in winter—will mean a short life. In the best of circumstances, Arizona Apricot isn’t the longest-lived Spirit, but plants can be divided every couple of years to keep them robust (and you get more plants!). You can also grow new plants from seed. Deer and rabbits tend to have little interest in browsing Blanket Flowers, making them a great choice for many rural and suburban gardens.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 3
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 12"
Avg Mature Width 12"
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Orange-Yellow
Bloom Time Late Spring to Fall
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower Tree