Lobelia x speciosa ‘Fan Scarlet’
Vivid scarlet spikes. Bronze foliage.
60cm Frost hardy. Sun or ½ Shade
Growing: Lobelia x speciosa ‘Fan Scarlet’
– Height with flowers: 60cm approx.
– Width: 30cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland, Dappled Sun, or Full Sun in cooler districts.
– Soil: Humus rich, well drained, moist to wet soil conditions. Will happily tolerate soil that becomes waterlogged periodically, or permanently damp soil at the edge of ponds, streams etc.
– Frost: Hardy.
– Growth: Herbaceous perennial.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Birds, Bees, Butterflies and other pollinators.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Not particularly favoured by deer or rabbits, but certainly not completely immune if they are hungry.
– Care: Easy care and low maintenance. Cut back the tall spires to the ground after flowering to tidy up, and promote more flower spires.
– Fragrant: Sadly no scent, but the intense colour and abundant flowers make it forgivable.
– Origin: The parents of hybrid Lobelia x speciosa, are native to Northern America and Mexico. However these beautiful hybrid garden cultivars have been created by crossing L. fulgens, L. cardinalis and L. siphilitica. They therefore fortunately have the best characteristics of all their ancestors.