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Lobelia fulgens ‘Queen Victoria’

Cardinal flower

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  • Lobelia fulgens ‘Queen Victoria’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • Lobelia fulgens ‘Queen Victoria’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019

Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height0.8m to 1.1m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourPurple red

Description

Lobelia fulgens ‘Queen Victoria’ (Cardinal flower). This variety will produce spike of blood red flowers on branching stems that will appear from late summer to mid-autumn on this rather clump-forming perennial. The foliage is a deep purple-red and will grows to 1m high and 30cm wide.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Herbaceous

Other common names

Mexican lobelia

Origin

Native to N. America: California, Texas, Mexico

Interest and use

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

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  • Lobelia fulgens ‘Queen Victoria’ | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilFertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

These frost-hardy to somewhat frost-tender plants are best grown in well-drained, moist, light loam enriched with animal manure or compost. Most grow in sun or part-shade but resent wet conditions in winter. Prune after the first flush of flowers to encourage repeat flowering, and fertilize weekly with a liquid manure during the season. Propagate annuals from seed in spring, perennial species from seed or by division in spring or autumn and perennial cultivars by division only. Transplant from late autumn until early spring.

Propagation

You can propagate by annuals by seeds in the spring, and perennial species by seed or division in the spring. Specific cultivars are propagated by division only. Shrubs by semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to leaf blotch.

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