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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Gaillardia aristata Pursh
Common gaillardia, Great blanketflower, Blanketflower, Brown-eyed susan
USDA Symbol: GAAR
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Great blanket-flower is an erect, 2-4 ft. plant, with clasping, dandelion-like leaves. The inch-long petals have yellow, 3-toothed tips and dark red bases. These surround disk flowers which are the same color as the base of the petals. Tufts of hairs project from the seed-like fruits and the entire plant is covered with fuzzy hairs.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Leaf:
Green Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
AZ , CA , CO , CT , ID , IL , MA , MI , MN , MT , ND , NH , NM , NY , OR , SD , UT , WA , WI , WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
B.C. to Sask., s. to n. OR (mostly e. of the Cascades), n. UT, CO & KS; also reported in CA Native Habitat:
Plains; prairies; meadows USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Well-drained, infertile soil.
BenefitWarning: The plants fuzzy hairs can cause a skin irritation in some susceptible people.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Propagated by seed, root division or separation of offsets. Plant untreated seed in spring or fall. Germination is extremely variable. Plants may flower by the end of the first season. Make root divisions in early spring, dividing the tap
root vertica Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Seed treatment does not improve germination. Commercially Avail:
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TXNative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2010-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff