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Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'
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Plant Type: Perennials

This compact and uniform perennial produces masses of large, 3" diameter, fiery orange-red blooms tipped by a ring of rich flame yellow. Butterflies are highly attracted to its bright colors. Since these plants bloom from early summer into fall, they will provide continuous color in containers and will keep those vases full of fresh blanket flower bouquets all season long.

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Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Gaillardia requires full sun and well-drained soil in order to prosper. Given too much shade, the plants tend to flop over. Though they will perform best in moist soils, they are highly drought tolerant. Do not enrich the soil with compost or other rich ingredients when planting this perennial. It does best in poor, loose soils and does not tolerate heavy clay. These perennials require little care once established. They are heat tolerant and actually prefer to be grown in poorer soils. They get their name from the manner in which they used to blanket North American prairies with their blooms. They can still be found in fields and along roadsides in the prairie region and into the Rockies.

Flower Color

Orange/red ringed with yellow

Foliage Color


Plant Spread

10 in.

Good Companions

Bellflower (Campanula ), Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida), Daylily (Hemerocallis ), Gayfeather (Liatris spicata), Grass-Ornamental (Miscanthus sinensis), Salvia-Perennial (Salvia nemorosa), Tickseed (Coreopsis auriculata), Yarrow (Achillea )

Plant Height

8-10 in

Scape Height

Hardness Zone


Soil Moisture

Average to low water needs

Characteristics & Attributes


Container, Cut flower or foliage, Border, Mass Plant, Dried Flower, Drought tolerant, Salt tolerant

Bloom Time

Early summer through fall

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant


Full sun

Growth Rate


Seasonal Interests