Anyone else growing perennial lobelia?

Mystery_GardenerAugust 22, 2005

Three years ago my sister gave me a small clump of perennial scarlet red lobelia. Nice and bright, it encouraged me to find more. The blue, white and purple were grown from seed. The pink and dark red were purchased at a local nursery. The scarlet has completed blooming but I got pics of the others just in time, the season is almost over.

Perennial lobelia blue

Perennial lobelia pink

Perennial lobelia white

Perennial lobelia purple

Perennial lobelia red

We had a fascinating specimen of Lobelia tupa which did not make it through the winter :-( I may try it again if I am able to find it in the future.

Lobelia tupa



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shapiro(5a Ontario)

Wow! your pictures are really an eyeful! I grew the perennial blue lobelia from seed about 7 or 8 years ago. It is self-seeding itself - not wildly but a few new plants here and there each year. And - the odd one comes out white. A great end of summer perennial. No trouble, no bugs or diseases, just beautiful flowers each year. Now that's what I call a real gem!

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 8:45PM
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Wow, wow ! Where might Mora find some of those beauties????? M

    Bookmark   August 22, 2005 at 10:43PM
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Wow !!! Great pics... Wish I was in a warmmer zone.. All I've had luck with is the red.. Year 3 so far..

    Bookmark   August 23, 2005 at 11:12AM
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onewheeler(Z5 N.S.)

The blue lobelia is one of my favorite plants, I must look for the white one, I really like that.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2005 at 6:09AM
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shapiro(5a Ontario)

Dear Onewheeler: I have never seen the white offered for sale separately - it just "happens" when you grow the blue "lobelia syphilitica" - the occasional one comes out white.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2005 at 9:17PM
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Shapiro is correct. My neighbour seeded blue lobelia, gave some of them to me and a few came out white. I could try and collect some seed if anyone is interested.


    Bookmark   September 3, 2005 at 9:35PM
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onewheeler(Z5 N.S.)

Thanks for that tip. I have lots of the blue ones, they sure are pretty this time of year, plus there must be 40 or 50 seedlings hanging around in the flower beds, hopefully I will get some white ones, I really like them. I wonder if the white ones would come true from seed. Have you tried it and if it does then perhaps I will take you up on your offer for some seeds next spring. Thanks.


    Bookmark   September 4, 2005 at 7:27PM
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bloomorelse(Z4b NB Canada)

I didn't realize there was a perennial lobelia. These are lovely, and I think I like the Blue one best. What time of year do they flower? I assume they don't flower all summer like the annual one... and where can one get seeds for these. What name would I look for please.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2005 at 9:24PM
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Perennial Lobelias are also considered bog plants. Does it mean it is possible to plant them in the water? Wouldn't they rot?

    Bookmark   May 5, 2009 at 2:55AM
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