Gaillardia aristata, Is a Gaillardia Perennial or Perennial Blanket Flower. It is a short lived native perennial wild flower perfect for sunny locations and well drained soil. Gaillardia aristata Perennial Blanket Flower with it's showy flowers will be a nice addition to your butterfly garden and makes great cut flower. Gaillardia aristata prefers full sun but will tolerates partial shade. The daisy-like flowers of Gaillardia aristata (Blanket Flower) bloom summer to fall in shades of red and yellow. Blanket Flower is a native wildflower of our plains and prairies and is often used for cut flowers.