Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Apricot'
  Series Name: Arizona Series
Common Name: Blanket Flower
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Acting as a perfect complement to its kin, ‘Arizona Sun’ and ‘Arizona Red Shades’, this new selection offers a slightly more subdued color palette of yellows and apricots. 

The compact, uniform mound of bright green foliage is covered in large 3-3.5in blossoms from early summer into fall.  The flowers are apricot with yellow tips and a darker orange center.  Multiple rows of petals give the flowers a beautifully full appearance. 

This plant forms a tidy mound and has an excellent branching habit.  It fills out a 1-gal container very nicely for terrific appeal at retail.

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.

Intro Year: 2010

Breeder: Ernst Benary of America

Introducer: Ernst Benary of America

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  12 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Gold/Orange Shades
  Peach shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Prairie
  Cottage
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Plugs: 30ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Long blooming
Easy to grow

Awards:

  All America Selections 2011
  OFA Medal of Excellence 2011

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Gaillardia requires full sun and well-drained soil in order to prosper. Given too much shade, the plants tend to flop over. Though they will perform best in moist soils, they are highly drought tolerant. Do not enrich the soil with compost or other rich ingrediants when planting this perennial. It does best in poor, loose soils and does not tolerate heavy clay.

Plants may be divided every 2-3 years in either spring or fall and are also easily grown from seed. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Hill' ('Blauhugel')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Anthemis tinctoria 'Charme' PP15200
Common Name: Golden Marguerite-Dwarf
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'Burgundy Bunny' PP21917
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.