red with yellow edges
mid-summer to fall
12 to 18 in.
18 to 24 in.
known only in cultivation
USDA zones 3-9
hardy to 8,500 ft.
Goblin is a shorter cultivar of blanket flower grown for its mounding shape and large number of flowers. Before it blooms, it grows as a mound of greenish-gray leaves.
In July, the daisy-like flowers are produced on stalks above the leaves. The flowers are bi-colored with red/yellow petals and deep red domed centers. The seedheads are round, prickly and red until the seeds mature and disperse.
At its peak, Goblin blanket flower is a nice perennial flower with unusual bi-colored blossoms. It is drought-tolerant and adaptable to many landscape situations in the Pikes Peak area. Since it can be a short-lived plant, lasting about 3 to 4 years, we routinely replace any plants that have died.
Goblin blanket flower has been a great performer at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. Its flowers are gorgeous when in bloom.
Goblin is much more uniform and compact than native blanket flower, which makes it a better choice for traditional landscapes. Goblin has been the most winter-hardy and reliable cultivar of blanket flower planted at the Xeriscape Garden.
Remove old stems and leaves in late fall or early spring before new growth starts. Deadhead as desired to encourage rebloom.