This is a fairly large genus with over 360 different species native to the eastern half of the United States and Canada. However, only a few are routinely grown in the landscape garden. It is named after Mathias de l'Obel (Lobelius).

Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
L. erinus  
L. inflata Indian Tobacco
L. siphlitica Great Blue Lobelia
L. splendens Mexican Lobelia
L. x speciosa  

  Height ft. Flower Color
L. cardinalis 2-4 Red
L. x gerardii 3-5 Purple
L. syphlitica 2-3 Blue

* Guides and Keys are from the book "Herbaceous Perennial Plants A Treatise on their Identification, Culture and Garden Attributes" by Dr Allan M. Armitage of the University of Georgia. Varsity Press, Athens, Georgia. 1989 ISBN 0-942375-00. More on Dr Armitage and his other books.


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