Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic
Lobelias can be impressive, especially when dozens are growing together. Great Blue Lobelia typically grows in moist to wet locations along streams, sloughs, swamps, and meadows. Showy blue flowers are held on long flower stems and loved by hummingbirds and butterflies.
Tags:Perennial, Height: 1–5 feet, Spread: 1–1½ feet, Bloom Color: Blue, violet, Clump-forming perennial, Light to dark blue, tubular two-lipped flowers (three lobes on lower lips, two on upper) on spike-like raceme bloom August to October, Tolerates heavy shade and wet soil, No serious pests (although slugs may eat leaves) or diseases; deer seldom severely damage, Long bloom time, May self-seed to form colonies, Attracts mainly bumble and other long-tongued bees and sometimes butterflies and hummingbirds, Soil Requirements: Humus-rich, Light Requirements: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Water Requirements: Moist, Wet, Divide clumps by separating the basal offshoots from the mother plant in spring or fall as needed, Use in perennial, native plant, and woodland gardens or near ponds and streams, Hardiness: USDA Zones 4–9, Lythrum salicaria – Purple Loosestrife