Saturday, June 06, 2009

Goblin Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower
Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin'
(gay-LAR-dee-uh) (gran-dih-FLOR-uh)
Synonyms: Indian Blanket, Kobold

This is the first time ‘Goblin’ has been featured on this website although a couple of other Gaillardia have appeared before. Since there were no ‘Orange and Lemons’ Blanket Flower to be had at the nursery I tried ‘Goblin’ instead. My ‘Oranges and Lemons’ didn’t come back at all after last winter. That is like the third year in a row, which leads me to believe it is truly annual or biennial in Connecticut’s climate.

Hopefully ‘Goblin’ will come back for at least a year or two but just in case I am going to enjoy it for now. It has nice bold flower colors and delicate looking foliage. At 10 to 12 inches tall it is best suited for the front of the border. One unusual feature is the flowers are really big they are supposed to be the largest of any Blanket Flower.