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Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa

Lobelia

Cardinal Flower

In the dog days of August, just when the border is not looking so lively, this genus of colorful, stately selections rejuvenates the garden with spectacular leafy flowering spires, attracting crowds of eager hummingbirds. Perfect in meadow plantings, these sturdy herbaceous perennials appreciate a well drained site, a light winter mulching, rich, moist soils and partial shade in warm climates, except for Lobelia tupa and Lobelia laxiflora, which like it hot and on the dry side.

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The lushly tropical color scheme of this somewhat tender Chilean native is alluring. Cloaked in broad and pointed, pale green, felted foliage, each soaring, purple-tinged stem is crowned with a large, tapering raceme of warm, brick-red blossoms. From the swollen base of each flower, a clawlike lower lip curls under and a tuft of gray stamens extends upward.

A perennial of nearly monumental stature, associate Lobelia tupa with Melianthus, Muhlenbergia and Morina longifolia for a dynamic melange of color and shape in the border.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

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Racy red blooms…
You may be considering ushering some plants with red flowers into your garden bed. If so, we encourage you to be brave and take the plunge! But why, you may ask? For starters, red flowers cast bold accents. Their hot colors add pizazz and passion, while arousing your senses. You can combine red blooms with yellow, magenta or orange-colored flowers to make a spicy statement. If that seems too daring, the addition of green, bronze or silver foliage, as well as lavender, purple or blue-violet blossoms tends to tone them down a bit. However you choose to display them, they are sure to draw attention!

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Our Valentine’s Day newsletter includes plants whose blooms range from dreamy pastel pink and lilac to crimson, blue violet and purple. These diverse, easily grown gems have stolen our hearts, and we hope they will charm you as well!

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