Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Tree

Growth Facts

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

Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'
A petite performer with a lot of moxie.

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Does your summer landscape suffer from a case of the blahs? Inject some energy into it with Arizona Sun Blanket Flower! This high-octane Spirit puts out a profusion of large, daisy-like blooms that are colored chili pepper–red with warm gold tips. The eye-popping contrast really makes you sit up and take notice. Although Arizona Sun puts on an exuberant show, the plant itself stays small and neat. Use it to front a mixed border, edge a pathway, or create a vibrant splash of color in a planter box. Fun, festive, and flamboyant, it brings excitement wherever it’s planted.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 3-9
  • Spacing: 10-12"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • 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 Sun is a variety that went back to Europe for further refinements. It was developed by the German firm Benary and hit our shores in 2005.

The Details

Flowers galore! Arizona Sun 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 Sun 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 Sun 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 8-10"
Avg Mature Width 10-12"
Spacing 10-12"
Leaf Color Green
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 No
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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Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Tree