Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower Tree

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 10-12"
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer into Fall
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower

Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Red Shades'
People-pleasing blooms are also a hit with bees and butterflies.
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Big red flowers on short, compact plants for months! Few Spirits perform like this little firecracker. Despite its small size, Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower creates big-time drama in your sunny beds and borders. Daisy-shaped, tomato-red blossoms debut in late spring and often keep coming all summer and well into fall. Put this petite showboat at the front of your entryway garden, use it to edge a path, or keep it in a container on the patio. It’s also a pretty addition to a pollinator garden, where bees and butterflies will discover its delicious nectar.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 10-12"
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Summer into 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 Red Shades is a variety that went back to Europe for further refinements. It was developed by the German firm Benary and hit our shores in 2010.

The Details

Because it’s grown from seed, there’s a tiny bit of variation in Arizona Red Shades’ flowers. Most plants will have completely red blooms, but some will have a sliver of gold at the tips of the petals.

How to Grow

A hybrid of two western species, Arizona Red Shades 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 Red Shades 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 to Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 12"
Avg Mature Width 12"
Spacing 10-12"
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Red
Bloom Time Summer into Fall
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Fragrant No
Groundcover Yes
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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