Lobelia, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

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Lobelia

Natives of our woods, in
bosky places we find two exquisite wild Lobelias, the
Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, and the
Great Lobelia, L. syphililica, a blue sort. Both
sorts vary greatly in height, some growing 3 feet or
4 feet tall, other plants being hardly a foot tall.
Some of the European catalogs list sorts of the Cardinal
Flower which have bronze colored leaves, but these sorts
are not seen in America. They bloom from July to September.

UTILIZE. They are at home
in damp spots of the gardens, and along the waterside.
– The Great Lobelia prefers wetter places than the Cardinal
Flower. When grown in dry places, they suffer from drought;
they often thrive in the ordinary garden soil, but are
not as tall as in the wild places adapted to their culture.
The Great Lobelia thrives in partial shade or sun but
the Cardinal Flower is usually found in partial shade.

PROPAGATION. They grow readily
from seed which is usually sown in the Fall, in which
case the plants are wintered in a coldframe.

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