Blanketflower
Close-up of Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.
Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata). One of 100+ species of Pacific Northwest native plants available at Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Native Plant Nursery in Portland, Oregon.

Blanketflower

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Gaillardia aristata

Blanketflower is a well-known wildflower across much of North America recognized by its deep orange to brown center and often ombre petals that range from varying degrees of yellow to deep orange.  This is a great one to add to a sunny home pollinator garden with blooms that arrive early and often and continue into early fall.

  • Plant type/canopy layer: deciduous, perennial, herbaceous plant
  • Size at maturity: 2' tall, 2’ wide
  • Light requirements: full sun, will tolerate light shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to dry well-drained soil
  • Growth rate/ease: easy to grow, does not spread vigorously
  • Bloom time: May to September
  • Wildlife support: this colorful plant is much loved by a diversity of bees including green metallic sweat bees (Agapostemon spp.), bumble bees, and others who are drawn to the brightly colored flowers. (Xerces)  Seeds for birds.
  • Native range: conifer forests, mixed woodlands, grasslands, hillsides, riv­erbanks and roadsides across inland PNW to Rockies. Portland Plant List – no. 
  • Special features & uses: drought tolerant, beneficial insect, pollinator and wildlife favorite 

Gardening with Blanketflower: Hardy, easy to grow - an excellent addition for sunny wildflower meadows and pollinator parking strips. Does not spread vigorously and is low-maintenance and drought tolerant once established. Enjoy watching pollinators on flowers from late spring through late summer, and birds collecting the seeds in fall.

Photo credit 1 and 2: "Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata)" by USFWS Mountain Prairie is marked with CC PDM 1.0

Photo credit 3: "Gaillardia aristata" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0