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June 24, 2011

Lobelia is lovely in a hanging planter

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Lobelia is a flowering plant that lives mostly in tropical or warm temperate climates. It was used by Native Americans for respiratory problems and as a relaxant and purgative.

Lobelia erinus, a South African annual plant that includes many cultivated selections in a wide variety of colours. They are grown in beds, large pots, window boxes and in hanging baskets. The plants are most often grown away from sunny hot southern exposures (northern exposures in the southern hemisphere) in soils that are moisture retentive.

This trailing lobelia, perfect for hanging baskets, blooms blue, white, red and lilac. You can pinch back the blooms to get even busier flowers. Lobelia will bloom all sumer until a hard frost. It is easier to start the seed indoors as they are tiny and take a while to germinate, but it is not too late to get several planters going and to enjoy the cascade of color when the lobelia begins to bloom.

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Posted by Marilyn Renaker at June 24, 2011 4:56 PM
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