This Arizona Sun is red and yellow. Each three-inch single flower is mahogany red with bright yellow petal edges. The bright colors are similar to the desert sun in Arizona. Like many annuals, plants produce flowers continuously. Even the spent blooms are attractive as tufts of seed. When grown in a full-sun garden, Arizona Sun is a compact plant reaching only 8 to 10 inches tall, spreading about 10 to 12 inches. Gaillardia aristata a.k.a. blanket flower, is native to the Great Plains and usually considered a perennial. Arizona Sun performed as an exceptional plant the first year grown from seed. This AAS Winner may over-winter, depending upon the severity of winter. Arizona Sun flowers can be cut and used for summer bouquets. They may attract butterflies to the garden in search of nectar.
Information courtesy of AAS
Photo: Judy Sedbrook
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010