Blanket Flower (Organic)
Gaillardia arisata. Perennial in zones 3-10.
Beautiful, cheery, daisy-like flowers on long, sturdy stems are a great, longlasting cut flower. Blooms over a long season – even into November or December if autumn is mild. Flowers are red-orange in the center, petals have yellow tips. After each blossom is done flowering, the seed heads make beautiful little balls that look like balloons and also look nice in arrangements. Blanket Flower is a great low-maintenance addition to any perennial flower garden. It is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and prefers full sun. Plants will grow 1-2′ wide and flower stems reach to 3′ tall.
Direct sow 1/4” deep after danger of frost, or sow indoors for transplant 6 weeks before last frost. Thin/ transplant to 12”. Plants prefer full sun. Deadhead to prolong bloom and limit self-seeding.
Collect seeds from seed heads that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Finish air-drying if necessary before sealing in airtight container. Some cross-pollination may occur. Isolate from other varieties of same species by 1/2 mile.