Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lobelia




A recent purchase of this rather lovely hybridised lobelia plant, made me check Robinson's English Flower Garden, for it's parentage. It obviously stems from the Lobelia Cardinalis, which he says is one of the prettiest and rarest of the genus. The parent flower is scarlet, at the nursery there were several different shades, ranging from a deep pink to a dark red. It is a bog loving plant and can tolerant a certain amount of shade. The earliest mention in an English garden is 1629, but it seems to have come from North America or Canada.
There is a wild version also in this country that grows in water, the petals are arranged exactly as in the cultivated variety version.
The lobelias belong to the bellflower family

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