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Lobelia Syphilitica- Great Blue Lobelia

Lobelia Syphilitica- Great Blue Lobelia

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It is a hardy perennial type spreads that quickly under the right conditions in Zones 4-9. They like moist soils ranging from full sun to shady exposure.

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Lobelia Syphilitica- Great Blue Lobelia

The Great Blue Lobelia is also commonly known as the Blue Cardinal Flower. This beautiful wetland plant adds a brilliant splash of blue during the late summer days that attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, and other nectar-seeking insects.

The Blue Cardinal plant plays a vital role as a food source due to the late summer flowering

Deer and rabbits are not attracted to this plant as a food source. It is a hardy perennial type spreads that quickly under the right conditions in Zones 4-9. They like moist soils ranging from full sun to shady exposure. You will often see it growing near rivers, ponds, bogs, and marshlands. The Great Blue Lobelia grows to be 2 to 3 feet tall and up to 18" wide. The flower heads can produce seeds that easily propagate. Great Blue Lobelia recognizes by its large green coarse teeth edge leaves as well as the tube-like blue flowers that provide on the leaf axils. The five-petal flower is bilaterally symmetrical, small, and profuse. Native Americans believed this plant had healing qualities for syphilis that explains the use of botanical name Syphilitica A suggested time to plant is in the fall by placing the crown placement just at the surface of the ground after it has been watered. This plant is considered a perennial but dies back after the seed pods have opened. The lower axils put out new shoots that are the base for next year's growth. The spread can be contained by removing seed pods before they open.

These plants grow at a medium speed.

These flowers are easily used as cut flowers and show well. These plants are native wildflowers that make a beautiful backdrop to lower growing as well as shorter stemmed flowers. Their beautiful blue color makes a statement that is especially suited for more massive arrangements of herbs such as centerpieces.

Great Blue Lobelia

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