Blanket Flower, Gaillardia aristata, are adored in the summer garden for their very long season of bloom, from late spring through early fall. Forming over a low mound of light-green leaves, upright stems emerge bearing large daisy-like flowers. The ‘Spin Top’ cultivar series were selected for the flat, serrated, orange-red petals tipped in yellow. The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and pollinators, and the plant is quite drought tolerant once established. Their name comes from the fact they blanketed the North American prairies with their blooms. Gaillardia does not perform well in heavy clay soils or those that remain wet through the winter. Removing faded flowers will encourage constant blooming all summer long. This species is drought tolerant and resistant to deer.
Photo: Bluestone Perennials