Care of Blanket Flower in the Arizona Sun


There are approximately 30 varieties of blanket flowers, including a very popular one called Arizona Sun. Originally, blanket flowers were classified as wild, covering the prairies of North America, which is how it received its name. Very easy to grow and maintain, the blanket flower thrives in full sun, not particular about soil as long as it drains well, and is drought tolerant. It is an ideal plant for Arizona gardens.

Step 1

Water the blanket plant often enough to keep the soil moist.

Step 2

Support the blanket plant by securing the stems to garden stakes when the plant grows to a height of 1 to 2 feet.

Step 3

Clip spent or dead flowers from the blanket plant using garden shears or pruners.

Step 4

Fertilize the blanket plant in early spring, before the growing season, by working into the soil one or two garden trowels of well-rotted manure around the plant base.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not grow a blanket plant in high clay soil, which the blanket plant hates. Also, avoid planting blanket plant in a shaded area. Blanket plants love the heat and the sun. Shade will cause the blanket plant to be weak and fall over.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruners or garden shears
  • Manure-optional
  • Garden stakes-optional


  • Sooner Plant Farm: Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
  • Plant Biology: Guide to growing Blanket Flower
  • VanBloem Gardens: Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun' Blanket Flower
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