February 1, 2023
Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’

Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’

Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ is an easy growing compact mounding perennial. It belongs to the Asteraceae family of plants and related to the Sun Flower. It is also known as the Common Gaillardia or Blanketflower ‘Arizona Sun’. It is native to North America. Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ grows to about 10in or 25cm tall.

Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’
Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ in Los Angeles

How to grow Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’:

Grow Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ in the sun. Plant it in average soil but well-drained. It can tolerate dry soil but it prefers moist soil. It has bright colored flowers that are dark in the center, then orange and yellow at the tip of the petals.

The flowers are long-lasting and they appear from June to autumn. They attract butterflies and are rich with nectar. Deadhead the flowers for more flowers.

Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’
Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ in Los Angeles

Propagate Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ by seeds, or division. If you sow seeds you will probably have flowers the second year, not the first. Avoid clay or poorly drained soil as Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ could rot easily. Watch out for powdery mildew or fungal leaf spots.

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