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Blanketflower, Firewheel, Common Gaillardia
Scientific Name: Gaillardia aristata
Family: Asteraceae
Blanketflower, Firewheel, Common Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata)
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Gaillardia aristata, Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 512.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 6-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part sun

Origin: Western North America

Growth Habits: Perennial, 1.5 to 3 feet tall and wide (45-90 cm); entire to toothed basal leaves, toothed upper leaves, up to 6 inches long (15 cm); rhizomatous

Watering Needs: Moderate water, drought tolerant, needs good drainage

Propagation: Seeds (requires light for germination), root cuttings in winter

The genus Gaillardia was named after the French botanist Gaillard de Marentoneau.
Gaillardia aristata is one of the parents of the ubiquitous Gaillardia grandiflora. It is slightly more drought resistant.

Blooming Habits:
Red/yellow flowerheads, up to 4 inches in diameter (10 cm), in early Spring to late summer

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