Gaillardia aristata

Gaillardia aristata

This is a perennial member of the daisy family (Asteraceae) and is prairie native from Canada and the western USA. A rather floppy plant, its stems can be up to 75 cm in length: it needs to be staked. From mid-spring and into summer, it bears large, golden-yellow daisy blooms. It benefits from regular deadheading to prolong flowering. It grows best in a sunny, well-drained position. It should be cut back hard after flowering. It looks effective growing with bright blue Salvia specimens, other members of the Asteraceae family, or (as shown above) with a gold-leafed plant such as Sedum mexicanum. Gaillardia aristata is one of the parents of the more popular Gaillardia x grandiflora hybrids. These flowers attract beneficial insects.

Flowers in January, October, November, December.