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Friday, July 11, 2008

Lobelia-Cardinal Flower

There are annual and perennial varieties of Lobelia available so make certain you don’t buy a 4 or 6 pak at the local big box and assume it is a perennial. Lobelia can be propagated in the spring by separating the rosettes that form around the parent plant and transplant. Lobelia’s like a moist well drained clay soil, think Astible and subject to frost heaving, or Siberian Iris so if planting near the house plant near the downspout especially if it’s in a sunny location in northern climates, but they will also take full shade in southern climates. Lobelia’s bloom from summer until fall and reach a height of at least 2' and their colors are blue and red. Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy their nectar and they are deciduous.

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