Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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  • Product Info

    Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica)
    Bellflower Family
    Rich blue, dense spikes of flowers start blooming in late summer and can continue into early fall. Looks great in a woodland setting or a classic pollinator meadow. Try planting in large groups for a truly stunning effect or weave through other late summer bloomers like Turtleheads, Joe-Pye, Goldenrods, or Little Bluestem. While happiest in part sun and consistently moist soil, it can tolerate a wide variety of garden conditions. Only plant in full sun if soil stays somewhat moist. Can be short lived, but will re-seed if given the chance.
    Blooms: Blue-violet, 4-6 weeks, July-Sept
    Leaves: Light green, lanceolate, 3-6” simple
    Height:3-4’ 
    Space: 1.5-2’
    Soil: Average-Wet
    Exposure:  Full sun-Light shade
    Fauna: Bumblebees, longue-tongue bees
    Seeds: Numerous, very small brown seeds produced in dry capsules
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC Native, common in the Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont & Coastal Plain
    Provenance: North Carolina ecotype, Seed grown