The Great Blue Lobelia plant is one perennial that never disappoints

The Great Blue Lobelia plant is one perennial that never disappoints

Great Blue Lobelia Plant


The Great Blue Lobelia plant (Lobelia siphilitica) is one perennial that never disappoints. Bright blue is a stunning color not commonly found in gardens. Still, when you plant Great Blue Lobelia, you can instantly transform your landscape with gorgeous pops of blue tubular flowers that appear from late summer into early autumn. The plant will attract your garden's finest butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds.

According to commercial nursery experts, Great Blue Lobelia thrives in USDA hardiness zones 4-8, making it a tough plant that can handle chilly blasts of air that arrive during wintertime. Also, this pretty blue perennial isn't fussy about where it sits to grow. For instance, the Great Blue Lobelia plant will be located in a spot with half sun to part shade. It appreciates moist soil combined with humus but adapts well to different soil textures, including clay, sandy loam, or gravelly.

If you're a novice gardener, don't worry. Nursery pros encourage beginners to plant perennials because they flower reliably every season. The Great Blue Lobelia plant is easy to grow and care for and can create a gorgeous garden landscape. You can use the plants as an accent or in mass groupings. These flowers can highlight your property as a perennial border, and you can cut some to use indoors in striking floral bouquets.



Great Blue Lobelia can reach one to four feet in height with a spread that ranges from 12 to 18 inches

 

 

Gardeners recommended spacing the plants from 18 to 24 inches apart. These flowers feature a medium growth rate and are considered low maintenance, pest and disease-free, and deer-resistant.

Another appealing aspect of growing Great Blue Lobelia is its architectural beauty. These plants add great vertical interest to the landscape, and you can enjoy the great blue to violet-colored blooms from July through October. The leaves are dark green and oval-toothed, and as the stalks grow, the leaves shrink in size.



Perennial plants such as Great Blue Lobelia are a classic and gardener's favorite

 

If you're excited about "building" a stunning landscape with curb appeal, consider this blue beauty and enjoy the many compliments you will hear.

Blue Lobelia

Blue Lobelia

The Blue Lobelia Plant, known as Lobelia siphilitica or Blue Cardinal Flower, blooms pale purple-bluish flowers with tiny white streaks accenting the blossom. This plant is Native to the Eastern United States and is from the Campanulacae family. The category of plants it is a member of is called the Herbaceous perennial group. Lobelia siphilitica prefers dark, rich, moist soils and will sprout effectively in full sun or part shade rotation. A Northern cooler climate works best for full sun to balance the plant's temperature requirements. Blue Lobelia Requirements Suppose growing in a Central Coast or Southern Climate; part shade is ideal for health. This plant requires consistent watering—moisture should always be present. In its native environment, it grows alongside streams and swamps, which indicates how much moisture it needs. The Bloom Time For The Blue Lobelia  The bloom time of the Blue Lobelia occurs between July and September—perfect for beginning gardeners, the maintenance level is low for this species. Identify the blooms by looking for dark tubular flowers with three lobes. The scientific name of this species bears homage to Matthias de l’Obel, a French Botanist. This plant is not known to be susceptible to chronic insect or disease afflictions. It can withstand pest invasions and deer, although snails and slugs have been known to take a bite occasionally. Uses Of The Blue Lobelia  Common uses for Blue Lobelia include wild gardens near running water or large pools of water. It is known for having the ability to self-seed, attracts bees and hummingbirds, and is extremely sensitive to drought. It is commercially available and has a collection date in the Northern US starting in autumn. Hardy Planting Zones- 4-9 Sun or Shade – Sun and Part Shade Mature Height - 24-36" Mature Width- 12-16" Bloom Season – Summer (July to September) Gardener Status- Beginner Soil Type- Loam/Sand/Clay

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