The parent of several common lobelia hybrids, great blue lobelia is worth growing on its own merits. It can't stand dry soil (although it's probably a bit more drought-tolerant than L. cardinalis). Our first specimen was in an unfortunate location, overshadowed by hardy hibiscus by the time it bloomed. It eventually succumbed. A few years ago, I started a new batch from seed. I was expecting the blue form, but to my surprise, they flowered white in August. Charming for sure, but I think I prefer the regular species, so I re-established that from seed as well.
||great blue lobelia
||blue or white (summer)
|| Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: side garden, curve garden (front lobe), sale plot
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
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- Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 65F with light (2%G, 17d)
- Seed from '08 trade. Baggy 70F with light (12%G, 9-40d)
- Same seed as above (labeled 'Blue'). Baggy 70F with light (~50%G, 12-20d)
Not sure if seed had low viability or if cold treatment is required. Tom Clothier suggests a temperature of 71-75F, so maybe my attempt was at too cool a temperature.
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August 21, 2014