Lobelia
Lobelia polyphylla

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lobelia (low-BEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: polyphylla (pol-ee-FIL-uh) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 7, 2007, Ursula from Santiago
Chile (Zone 9b) wrote:

This Chilean native species requires full sun exposure and very little watering, which makes it specially adequate for coastal areas xeriscaping.

Propagation from seed: regular spring sowing using a mix of 1/3 sharp river sand, 1/3 regular garden soil and 1/3 compost. Sow on top of this mix and gently press the seeds against the compost without covering them. Keep the sowing pan barely moist and pick once the seedlings have 2 true leaves. Plants grown from seeds mature and bloom on the second year.

Not appropriate for containers.