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Plant Profile: ‘Fanfare’ Blanket Flower (Gaillardia aristata ‘Fanfare’)

There are many kinds of blanket flower but ‘Fanfare’ is one of the most unique. The fluted orange petal-like flowers flaring out around the burgundy center give the flowerheads the look of a pinwheel. The plants are medium sized and form a low mound of light green leaves with flowerheads rising up to 24” high. Like other blanket flowers, ‘Fanfare’ has a long bloom season if deadheaded and blossoms make excellent vase flowers. ‘Fanfare’ is easy to grow and tolerates heat and humidity. This is a blanket flower that should be placed near the front of the border so you can enjoy the details of its spectacular flowers.

 Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Three inch wide flowerheads have tubular orange ray flowers and burgundy disc flowers, blooming all summer

Foliage: Low compact mound of light green leaves

Size: 18-24” h x 24” W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Average, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 4-10 (AHS zones 10-1)

Care: Deadhead to encourage flowering

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Seed, division

Companion plants: ‘Terracotta’ yarrow, sea holly, sneezewort, agave, salvia “Victoria’, catnip, yellow daylilies.

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