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Common name: Blanketflower
Scientific name: Gaillardia aristata
Duration: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Habitat: Prefers a well-drained soil in full sun or semi-shade, once established, it is a hardy, drought tolerant perennial, suitable for xeriscaping
Blooming period: Mid to late summer
Color: Red and yellow rays
Height: 2'
Planting Time: Fall to Spring; no stratification required

Mid-height plants produce masses of fiery red blossoms, the petals tipped by rich flame yellow. Excellent for beds and borders as it self-sows freely; allowing seed heads to completely dry prior to trimming will aid in reseeding for the following year. Clipping spent flowers is recommended to extend bloom period and if volunteers not desired. One of the most adaptable perennials, it has a vase life of 6 to 10 days. Blanketflower is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Collected by Meriwether Lewis on July 7, 1806 in Montana as they crossed the Continental Divide (www.larkspurbooks.com).

Gaillardia refers to the 18th century French magistrate Gaillard de Charentonneau, who was also a naturalist and botany patron.

aristata in Latin means "with a long, bristle-like tip, bearded." This refers to a hair-like appendage on the anthers or the bristles of the receptacles.

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