Goblin Blanket Flower
(Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin')
This pretty perennial is a hybrid created by crossing Gaillardia pulchella and Gaillardia aristata, two native North American wildflower species. ‘Goblin’ is a compact dwarf with gray-green foliage and large, eye-catching blooms that are fiery red with yellow tips. This plant is perfect for attracting butterflies and adding color to sunny beds or containers.
Mature Size: 1 foot tall; 18 inches wide
Growth Rate: Moderate
Plant Habit: Upright; Rounded
Plant Spacing: 18 to 24 inches
Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:
Foliage Color: Gray-Green
Flower Color: Red with yellow tips
Bloom Time: Late Spring until first frost
Attracts Wildlife: Butterflies
Uses: Landscapes; Containers; Mass Planting; Ground Cover; Cut Flowers
Cold Hardiness Zone(s): 4 – 10
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Tolerances: High drought tolerance; Prefers well-drained soils
Soil pH: Acidic to Alkaline
General Care & Growing Tips:
Gaillardia is suited to coastal gardens, and does best in very well-drained soils in full sun locations, enduring heat, sandy soil and drought extremely well. Shade or overly moist conditions will cause Gaillardia to rot. Many cultivars exist and range in colors from yellow, orange, red, or bicolor flowers. In general, Gaillardia is considered an annual or short-lived perennial, but plants of the species are known to reseed.
No pests or diseases are of major concern.
Gilman, E. F. and Park Brown, S. (1999). Gaillardia pulchella Blanket Flower, Gaillardia. University of Florida. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp216
Park Brown, S. and Schoellhorn, R. K. (2006). Your Florida Guide to Perennials. University Press of Florida.