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Lobelia fulgens

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.5m to 0.75m
  • Spread0.2m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitUpright rosette
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Lobelia fulgens. Lobelia fulgens. A clump-forming perennial with lance-shaped, mid green leaves to 15cm. In summer bears tubular flowers on one-sided racemes to 40cm.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Deciduous or Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Native to N. America: California, Texas and 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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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°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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