Blue Lobelia - Blue Cardinal Flower
Blue Lobelia is a striking flower that adds a burst of color to any landscape. Widely adapted from full sun to part shade, the plant is a native wildflower of to the eastern two-thirds of the United States, but has proven through cultivation elsewhere to be well-adapted to the climate and soils of the entire country.
Also known as Blue Cardinal Flower, it is a tall, erect plant that provides a durable and colorful backdrop for many other low-growing, mounding plants. Height can reach up to four feet, but the plants remain relatively narrow at about a foot wide, making it easy to provide space for them without letting them intrude on other nearby plantings. It is a low-maintenance choice that reduces the effort needed in those hard-to-reach corners of the landscape.
Blue Lobelia performs well from coast to coast in hardiness zones 4 through 9.
Blooming begins in July and continues throughout the summer, often well into September. Its natural habitat is along swamps and streams, so it prefers wetter soils, making it a low-maintenance choice for those challenging damp areas where few other plants can thrive. Heavy clay soils are not a problem for it.
The plant also attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and songbirds to your landscape, adding beautiful movement and life to your plantings. The nectar attracts honeybees and can provide crucial late-season food for honeybee colonies as they begin to build up stores for winter.
The distinctive color, a deep blue that is almost purple, makes a unique and complementary contribution to many different colors, mainly pink and white. Its versatility lends itself to use in a wide variety of landscape locations, and its persistent blooming provides an extended period of beauty throughout the growing season. Its height makes it perfect for use as a framework to other plants. It is a durable, beautiful plant that adds dramatic height and color to your landscape.
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