Lobelia siphilitica, ½-pint plugs
Exposure: Full-partial shade
Mature Height: 3 feet
Notable Features: Great Blue Lobelia can form colonies of richly-flowered spikes, 2-3’ ft. tall, in medium to wet soils, especially with a little shade. Thrives on disturbance, making it perfect for areas where water will occasionally be running throughout. Don’t expect it to reliably show up in the same exact spot every year. Embrace the discovery!
Attracts: The nectar and pollen of the flowers attract primarily bumblebees and other long-tongued bees (Anthophora spp., Melissodes spp., Svastra spp.). Less common visitors include the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, large butterflies, and Halictid bees. The Halictid bees collect pollen only and they are non-pollinating. The caterpillars of a moth, Enigmogramma basigera (Pink-washed Looper Moth), feed on the foliage of Great Blue Lobelia.