Great Blue Lobelia
- Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Sun or Shade – Sun and Part Shade Mature Height - 24-36" Mature Width- 12-16" Bloom Season – Summer (July to September) Gardener Status- Beginner Soil Type- Loam/Sand/Clay.
Blue Lobelia Plant
Also known as Lobelia siphilitica or Blue Cardinal Flower is a plant that blooms pale purple-bluish flowers with tiny white streaks accenting the blossom. This plant is Native to the Eastern United States area and is from the Campanulacae family. The category of plants it is a member of is called the Herbaceous perennial group. Lobelia siphilitica prefers dark, rich and moist soils. For full sun, a Northern cooler climate works best to balance the plant's temperature requirements. If growing with a Central Coast or Southern Climate, part shade is ideal for health. This plant requires consistent watering- moisture should always be present. In its native environment, Blue Lobelia grow alongside streams and swamps, this serves as an indication of how much moisture it requires. The bloom time of this plant occurs between July and September- perfect for beginning gardeners, the maintenance level is low for this species. Identifying the blooms by looking for dark tubular flowers with three lobes. The scientific name of this species pays tribute to Matthias de l’Obel, a French Botanist. This plant is not known to be susceptible to chronic insect or disease afflictions. It is capable of withstanding pest invasions as well as deer, although snails and slugs have been known to occasionally take a bite. Common uses for this plant include wild gardens or anywhere near running water or large pools of water. It is known for having the ability to self-seed, attracts bees and hummingbirds, and is extremely sensitive to drought. It is commercially available and has a collection date in the Northern US starting in autumn.