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Lobelia siphilitica
Great Blue Lobelia
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Summer
Height 24in/60cm
Light preference Full sun
Soil preference Rich, very moist soil
Sowing time/depth Spring, Surface
This stately plant, which originates from Northern America, has tall spires of rich-blue or violet, tubular flowers above rosettes of dark green leaves. It much loved by pollinating insects but on the other hand is said to be a herbivore deterrent, which, if it works, will be useful to gardeners plagued by rabbits or deer! Although usually recommended for bog gardens or pond edges, mine are perfectly happy in part shade in ordinary, moist soil.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Sow in spring, on the surface of good quality, moist compost. Sources suggest that a little heat from a propagator may aid germination (which should take 7-21 days) but I have not found this to be necessary. Carefully pot on seedlings and grow on, planting out when all danger of frost is past.
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