Common Gaillardia (Gaillardia aristata) SE
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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