Blanket flower’s (Gailardia aristata) dark red and yellow petals with a hint of pink remind me of desert sunsets.
Known for its hardiness, ease of growth and lasting color, this beautiful native plant will bring you more joy if you continuously deadhead the seed heads throughout the season.
Plants also attract native bees and provide nectar for butterflies increasing the ecological benefit of your garden.
Grown easily from seed, plants are often included in wildflower mixes. Plants can also be purchased full grown from your favorite native plant nursery. Look out for the numerous cultivars (horticultural selections) available offering a variety of color combos. These selections are sometimes short-lived compared to the true species however they do well is containers and other seasonal color displays.