Scientific: Gaillardia x grandiflora (a hybrid between G. aristata and G. pulchella)
Common: blanket flower, Indian flower
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: North American central Great Plains to western United States

Pronounciation: Ga-il-LAR-dee-a gran-di-FLOR-a

Hardiness zones
Sunset
All zones
USDA 2-11

Landscape Use: Perennial flower gardens and borders, old fashioned gardens, butterfly gardens, cool season annual in for landscape borders and xeric flower gardens Phoenix.

Form & Character: Evergreen (deciduous in colder climates) perennial that spread and clumps by rhizomes under favorable garden conditions. Form depends on cultivar and ranges from stiffly upright to low and spreading.

Growth Habit: Moderately clumping with flower stalks upright to 3 feet.

Foliage/Texture: Nearly sessile, gray greenish leaves, smooth, sometimes with crenate to clefted margins, 3 inches long or less, elongated to nearly linear; medium texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Daisy-like, up to 4 inches in diameter, usually red and yellow; flower color varies widely with varietal selection; fruit an achene

Seasonal Color: Flowers generally in spring and fall.

Temperature: Hardy

Light: Partial shade and eastern exposures are best in Phoenix.

Soil: Requires soils amended with organic compost for consistent performance.

Watering: Needs regular supplemental

Pruning: Little except to infrequently head back or remove flower stalks to prevent seed formation.

Propagation: Seed, easily germinates at 68 to 86oF.

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Blanket flower is used all over United States as a perennial border accent. It actually grows and performs better in Tucson than Phoenix and even better in Arizona upland cities such as Flagstaff, Payson, Prescott, and Sierra Vista. There are many named cultivars such as 'Goblin'.