Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ is an outstanding new perennial variety, which will produce a profusion of large striking flowers in the first year of sowing. This compact and uniform perennial produces masses of fiery orange-red blooms tipped by a ring of rich flame yellow from June to September each year. These qualities ensured that it secured its rightful place in the parade of Fleuroselect Gold Medal winners. Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ is wonderful as an annual bedding plant, as well as a perennial. It is excellent for use in sunny borders where its beautiful colour combination will create impact and will attract butterflies. Use ‘Arizona Sun’ to create spectacular container plantings too. Being salt tolerant and low in maintenance makes it an attractive choice for seaside plantings.

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Gaillardia aristata belongs to the Compositae or Asteraceae family. Aster means "star" in Greek, in tribute to the arrangement of the flowers in the heads. The plant was named in honour of the French botanist, Gaillard de Marentoneau and the species name, aristata, means "bearded," in reference to the bristles of the receptacle. The species is native to the crescent of dry grasslands that stretch from the Prairie Provinces of Canada to Arizona. Gaillardia aristata goes by the common names of Firewheel or Blanket flower, since its striking three-coloured flower resemble the colours found in Indian blankets. Its central disks look like big, brown eyes, hence the common name of Brown-eyed Susan. Traditionally, Indians used it as a cure for all kinds of medical ailments. Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ is an outstanding new variety, which will produce a profusion of large striking flowers in the first year from sowing. This compact and uniform beauty will produce masses of fiery orange-red blooms surrounded by a ring of rich flame yellow from June to September. A worthy winners of the Fleuroselect Gold Medal award. Gaillardia aristata ‘Arizona Sun’ is wonderful as an annual bedding plant, as well as a perennial. It is excellent for use in sunny borders and will attract butterflies. Use ‘Arizona Sun’ to create spectacular container plantings too. Being salt tolerant and low in maintenance makes it an attractive choice for seaside plantings.

Technical information

Novelty Characteristic:

First year flowering perennial and compact uniform habit


Colour:

Red and yellow flowers


Flower:

Single / 8-10 cm


Flowering Period:

June to September


Type:

First year flowering perennial


Use:

Bedding Plant


Seed:

400 seeds per gram


Plant:

20 cm height and 25 cm spread


Growing:

Sow in March at 20°C. Grow at 15°C.


Planting:

Plant out in May in a sunny spot.


Registration details

Breeder:

Benary


Entry number:

07/03


Protection Period:

15 years


Expiry Date:

2018-12-31