Edging Lobelia, Annual Lobelia, Trailing Lobelia
Lobelia erinus 'Sapphire'

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lobelia (low-BEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: erinus (EAR-rin-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Sapphire
Additional cultivar information:(Pendula group)

Category:

Annuals

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Garberville, California

Hayward, California

Martinez, California

Merced, California

Sarasota, Florida

Hampton, Illinois

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Morristown, New Jersey

Portland, Oregon

Charlottesville, Virginia

Freeland, Washington

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 14, 2007, zest from Horsens
Denmark wrote:

Have grown it for two years and there is only one word to describe it; I love it!

Positive

On May 21, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This annual is a great flower for borders and filler in garden beds. Their color is so vibrant and alive, they add a nice touch to the finished bed.

Positive

On Oct 2, 2003, Moda127 from Morristown, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

Believe it or not - These plants seem to be deer resistant!

Positive

On Jun 5, 2003, mbyrne wrote:

I am currently growing this plant in shady area. I really brightens up the bed. It has the best intensly rich blue color.

Neutral

On Aug 24, 2002, Baa wrote:

An old and deservedly popular cultivar, bred in the early part of the 1900's.

Has a good trailing habit and bears many deep blue flowers each with a showy white eye. It's a very reliable and floriferous type suitable for all containers and hanging baskets.

As with other L. erinus they dislike too much heat and appreciate some shade from the midday sun. They also need a lot of watering during dry times but are well worth the effort.