Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia
Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) is a showy, colony-forming perennial and is usually unbranched. Its erect stems are crowded with longer leaves on the lower stem, and become smaller the further up the stem. It forms a spike crowded with blue tubular flowers on the upper stem with each flower split into two lips of three lower petals and two upper petals. It is the blue counterpart of the Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), and is short-lived but may self-seed in optimum growing conditions.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 1' - 4'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Bloom Color: Blue
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Pollinators
Lobelia is a genus of 415 species of annual and perennial flowering plants that range in different sizes, colors, and habitats. There are many species that do not seem similar to each other, but they all have alternate leaves, and two-lipped flowers with five lobes. They have become popular in ornamental gardens due to their dense, and unique flowering heads with vibrant colors. They are known to highly attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and swallowtails.
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