Gaillardia Aristata, AKA common blanket flower, is a bright, multi-colored, daisy-like native wildflower in the aster family. It is also sometimes referred to as Indian Blanketflower or Brown Eyed Susan. A very hardy, striking wildflower that is perfect for a native or low-water use garden. Not only is it beautiful, but it will attract butterflies and wildlife to your home. There are several different species of gaillardia, some with only yellow flowers. The one featured here is “common” blanketflower, although I’d say it looks anything BUT common.
(I spotted this particular family of blanketflower alongside a road in Tuba City, AZ.)
STEMS hairy, upright, one or more from the base
LEAVES hairy, entire to coarsely-toothed, lance-shaped, alternate, sometimes pinnately divided
BLOOM orange-red with yellow tips, usually single, disk-shaped, outer red-brown ray flowers (each “petal” is considered a flower”, inner disk flowers
June – September
Dry, open areas
Dry, well-drained soil
Native to western and northern North America (United States & Canada), and parts of South America.
Elevation of 1300 – 9000 feet.
Drought tolerant and makes great cut flowers.
The sap from the leaves and stems *may* irritate the skin.
Attracts and provides nectar for insects such as bees, butterflies (especially speyeria), and moths.
Blackfeet Native Americans used blanketflower to alleviate stomach ache and sores on horses.
Similar to sunflower seeds, blanketflower’s seeds are edible
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