Downy Blue Lobelia
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- Great Blue Lobelia - Lobelia siphilitica Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Full sun to part shade Mature Height - 24-36" Mature Width- 12-18" Bloom Season – Summer (July to September) Gardener Status- Beginner
Downy Lobelia - Lobelia Puberula
Downy Lobelia The downy lobelia, one of many in the beautiful lobelia family, is a late summer blooming perennial with irregularly shaped purple or blue flowers with white centers. Most people know the downy lobelia by the fact that the flowers grow sideways from the central stalk and by their beautiful colors. Downy Lobelia upper lip of each flower has two lobes; the lower has three. Downy Lobelia elliptical leaves alternate along the stem directly without a petiole, intertwining with the flowers, and can be recognized by the small, irregularly spaced teeth and hairy underside. Frequently Downy Lobelia reaches 5 inches long and 1.5 inches wide. The downy lobelia’s fruit is small and seedy, and Downy Lobelia propagates via those seeds into clumps when it grows in the wild. Bees are the primary pollinators of the downy lobelia, and it can be found in gardens throughout the lower 48 states. Downy Lobelia main habitat stretches along open roadways and forests from the northern third of Florida up to New Jersey and westward towards Texas and Arkansas. As a landscaped flower, it is unique and showy and adaptable to a variety of climate and soil conditions. Usually, Downy Lobelia prefers moist, sandy and open ground but also does well in swamps, meadows, and woodlands. When landscaping, keep the soil watered because Downy Lobelia prefers consistent moisture. Downy Lobelia does best in the sun to partial shade but can grow to as much as 3-5 feet in some cases so keep open spaces around them when doing your landscaping. Each winter it dies back into the ground, but Downy Lobelia will return in the early spring with new basil leaves along the stems before blooming in late summer. Downy Lobelia is a great addition to your home! Buy Downy Lobelia today!