Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)
Meriwether Lewis collected the first specimen of this wildflower on July 7, 1806. His research of this and other native species was completed by botanist Frederick Traugott Pursch in 1813, who completed a catalogue of the species discovered on the famous expedition. The genus name "Gaillardia" honors an 18th century French botanist named Gaillard de Charentonneau. The common name Blanket Flower seems to come from the similarity of the brightly colored blossoms to Native American weaving.
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): May to September
Light: Full Sun
Water: Low. Water seedlings until they become established. Mature plants tolerate some drought, though they flourish with occasional watering.
Soil Moisture: Dry to medium. Lightly moist
Suitability: Drought tolerant
Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Butterflies, and is Deer Resistant.
Containers?" Yes. Perfectly suited for containers.
Sow Depth: 1/4"
USDA Zone: 3-8
Produces: clasping, dandelion-like leaves and 3" orange-red daisy-like flowers with yellow tipped rays.
Garden Uses: Perennial border fronts, rock gardens, cottage gardens and cutting gardens. Also effective in containers.