a blanket of firewheels
gaillardia aristada 'arizona sun"
10" high, 12" wide
Reddish flowers with orange and yellow
regular to moderate water (low to terrace zones)
HARDY TO ABOUT -30°F
does well in containers
NECTAR PLANT FOR NATIVE BEES, BUTTERFLIES, PROVIDES SEEDS FOR BIRDS
Who wouldn't want a plant called "firewheel" in their landscape? The genus Gaillardia has several species native to our region. Most often we carry the 'Arizona sun" variety which has a full-petaled flower, with deep red in the center, fringed with yellow.
Gaillardias are extremely hardy perennials that flower in the warm season heavily and reseed readily in the landscape. The 'Arizona sun' variety is more tidy than the wild species, growing to about 10" high and spreading a foot wide. Plants will flower heavily and not need "dead-headed" like some perennial or annual flowering plants, but if it starts to look a bit spent, a nice clipping back will stimulate a new flush of blooms.
Blanket flower attracts butterflies and native bees. This plant does well in containers.