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blanket flower

Gaillardia aristata

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low
full sun
upright
6 - 18"
yellow - red
summer

Photo credit: 

E. Conrad

Most common wild-type coloring
Most common wild-type coloring

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Blanket flower in its native grassland habitat
Blanket flower in its native grassland habitat

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Occasional red coloring
Occasional red coloring

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

Most common wild-type coloring
Most common wild-type coloring

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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The blanket flower is an iconic prairie flower, dotting the grassy slopes with cheery red and yellow blooms in early summer. They aren’t at all fussy, and will thrive in any sunny well-drained spot. Cultivars are commonly available, but ours are wild type, grown from seed collected on the hills north and south of Missoula. These tough plants handle drought by going to seed when the soil dries, however a little extra water in July and August will keep them blooming into October. They go nicely with yarrow, idaho fescue, bluebunch wheatgrass, and fringed sage.