Gaillardia aristata, “Arizona Sun,” is also called the blanket flower.
What: Gaillardia aristata “Arizona Sun” is a continuous blooming perennial that is well suited to either containers or a mixed border planting. Native to the American prairie, it is commonly called the blanket flower because of its resemblance to the colors found in American Indian blankets. It can be found growing along prairie roadways all the way into the Rocky Mountains region. This plant produces masses of 3-inch red and orange blooms from early spring through fall. Recognitions include the 2005 All-American Selection Flower Award and the 2005 Fleuroselect Gold Medal Award.Sun or shade: This plant thrives in full sun.Size: It is a perfect selection for “front of the border” plantings as it is a manageable 8 to 12 inches in height and 12 inches in width.See it: At the WSU Snohomish County Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at McCollum Park, 600 128th Street SE, Everett.Sandra Schumacher, Special to the Herald