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Gaillardia aristata 'Oranges & Lemons' PP17092

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Blanket Flower

Sure to take the market by storm, this blanket flower is a breakthrough in gaillardia coloring! Rather than the typical bright red and yellow flowers, 'Oranges & Lemons' PP17092 looks just like it sounds--large, peachy orange flowers with yellow tips and a gold central cone. The blue-green foliage enhances this warm coloring and the round, chartreuse seed heads extend the interest after the flowers are spent. Unlike many of the older selections, this one has an improved upright habit rather than sprawling. It's simply fantastic!

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.

Intro Year: 2005

Breeder: Rosemary Hardy

Introducer: Plant Haven®

Origin: Native Cultivar

Characteristics:



Height:
  22-26 Inches
Spread:
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Peach shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
6,7,8,9,10
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
  Early fall
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner 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 ingrediants when planting this perennial. It does best in poor, loose soils and does not tolerate heavy clay. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Salvia nemorosa 'Blue Hill' ('Blauhugel')
Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Hemerocallis 'Siloam Amazing Grace'
Common Name: Daylily
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick'
Common Name: Stokes' Aster
5,6,7,8,9
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Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'
Common Name: Gayfeather
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Achillea 'Moonshine'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Campanula carpatica 'Pearl Deep Blue'
Common Name: Bellflower-Carpathian
3,4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.