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Lobelia

Lobelia spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

7a-11b

USDA zone

-18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Lobelia Overview

Lobelia is a large, cosmopolitan genus of flowering plants with around 400 annuals, perennial and shrubby species from warm temperate regions around the world. All have simple, alternate leaves and 2-lipped, tubular flowers with five lobes (2 erect and the lower 3 fanned out). Though they vary enormously, Lobelia species make a popular ornamental garden plant for its abundant flowering and intense colour. Lobelias make excellent edging plants in flower beds or can be grown in containers and hanging baskets. Lobelia erinus is the most widely cultivated species in the genus. It has been cultivated since the seventeenth century and commonly used in flowerbeds. Most species can easily be grown from seed. The rare Lobelia valida also makes an excellent bedding plant and is often planted in beds at Kirstenbosch garden. Lobelia pteropoda from the Transkei area makes an attractive hanging basket specimen.

Common problems with Lobelia

Generally pest and disease free

    How to harvest Lobelia

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Lobelia

    Seed

    Division

    Cuttings

    Shrubs by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

    Special features of Lobelia

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Lobelia

    Grown for their flowers. Some are suitable for wild gardens or by the waterside. Suitable for coastal conditions.

    Poisonous to Pets

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