The Great Blue Lobelia sounds like the title of a nature documentary, but it aptly describes Lobelia siphilitica. Tall spikes of lavender-blue flowers that bring welcome color to the late summer garden, when most other blooms are starting to fade.
As with the cardinal flower, this plant is a favorite food source of hummingbirds and requires moist to wet soil. If you have this plant in its favorite spot, it will likely self-seed, otherwise you can easily grow the colony by dividing the clumps in the spring.
As L. siphilitica is an endangered plant in Massachusetts, care must be taken when it is spotted in the wild not to disturb it. It is native to western Massachusetts but we also have it planted here in eastern MA.
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Lobelia siphilitica (Great blue lobelia)
SIZE: 1/2 quart por or 2.5 quart pot type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: part sun/part shade, shade water needs: wet to average-moist soil height: 2'-4' plant spacing: 1 plant per square foot bloom time: July, August, September, October bloom color: purple, blue
good plant companions
Swamp milkweed, Canada anemone, turtlehead, cardinal flower, goldenrod, bee balm, royal fern, turks cap lily, tall meadow rue
endangered in Massachusetts deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)