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2024 Seed Catalog

Lobelia Seeds

a.k.a. Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis syn. L. fulgens, L. x cardinalis

How to plant Lobelia seeds

Electric red summer flowers are an outstanding source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Perennial lobelias are easy to grow in full sun, part sun, or filtered shade.

How to Plant and Grow Lobelia

Bee introduces how to plant

Plant Perennial Lobelia Seeds: Sow seeds in cell packs or two in. pots, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 75°F., germination is usually within 4-5 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Then return to 75°F. until germination occurs.

Grow Perennial Lobelia: Part sun in most areas. Full sun in cool climates. Filtered shade in hottest climates. Ample water, rich soil. Tolerates average soil and boggy conditions. Probably the brightest red wildflower, hummingbirds love them, especially Ruby-Throated hummingbirds. The nectar-rich flowers also attract Swallowtail, Sulphur and a host of other butterflies. Cut flowers look great in the vase with Goldenrods and New York Asters. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant.

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