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‘Arizona Red Shades’ Gaillardia
Blanket flower is genetically programmed to bloom. It will literally bloom itself to death, which is why it’s typically called a short-lived perennial. On average, blanket flower lasts about two years. Some varieties and hybrids readily self-sow, so it’s a good idea toward the end of the growing season to let a few flowers form spherical seed heads. You can sprinkle the seeds in the garden. Just be aware that young blanket flowers resemble dandelions, so it’s a good idea to mark the areas where you sprinkle seed. ‘Arizona Red Shades’ (Gaillardia x grandiflora) grows 10 to 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 3-10.