Goblin Blanket Flower
(Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin')


Plant Description:

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


Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     4 – 10

Exposure:     Full Sun

Soil Tolerances:     High drought tolerance;                           Prefers well-drained soils

Soil pH:     Acidic to Alkaline

Maintenance:     Easy/Low


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. 


Common Pests:

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.

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