Common Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata) SE


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Plant Description: unbranched stems grow from elongated, toothed, simple basal leaves, forming a small clump. Stem leaves are smaller and have entire to deeply lobed margins. Entire plant covered in small bristly hairs. Inflorescence appears to be one large flower, but is actually a composition of 6-16 ray flowers each with one large ligule (petal like part of ray flowers) that is 3 lobed, yellow and red near the base surrounding a semi spherical dense cluster of brownish-red disk flowers. Fruit is an achene with pointy scales. 

  • Height: 2-3 ft
  • Width: 2-3 ft
  • Watering needs: Drought tolerant once established
  • Sun needs: Full sun
  • Soil needs: Well-draining, dry to semi-moist soil
  • Bloom Time: May-September

Landscape Use and Ecological Function:  native to North America in dry meadows, open prairies, coniferous forests, and grasslands at elevations up to 6800 ft.

Gaillardia aristata seeds are a favorite treat to some bird species.

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