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Gaillardia aristata Arizona Red Shades, commonly known as Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower, is a striking perennial plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. This plant is well-known for its large, showy flowers and attractive foliage.
The plant typically grows to a height of 12-18 inches and spreads about 18-24 inches wide. It has an upright, clumping habit and produces strong, sturdy stems that are covered in deep green, lance-shaped leaves. The stems are topped with large, daisy-like flowers that bloom in mid to late summer. The flowers are a striking mix of deep reds, oranges, and yellows, with a prominent dark central disk that contrasts beautifully with the petals.
Gaillardia aristata Arizona Red Shades is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in a variety of soil types, including poor soil. It prefers full sun and is tolerant of drought and heat, making it an excellent choice for xeriscapes and other hot, dry areas. The plant is also tolerant of deer and other wildlife, making it an excellent choice for naturalized areas or wildlife gardens.
One thing to note about Gaillardia aristata Arizona Red Shades is that it can spread quite rapidly through underground runners, so it may need to be divided every few years to control its growth. Additionally, the plant can self-seed and naturalize in suitable growing conditions.
Overall, Gaillardia aristata Arizona Red Shades is an attractive, hardy, and low-maintenance perennial plant that provides a long-lasting display of color and attracts a variety of pollinators, including butterflies and bees. It is an excellent choice for gardens, borders, and other landscaping projects, particularly those in need of a plant with bright, eye-catching flowers that can add a bold statement to any garden. The mix of deep reds, oranges, and yellows in the flowers is truly stunning and sets this plant apart from other varieties of Gaillardia.
Bloom Time June-Sept