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Lobelia laxiflora

Common Name:
Mexican lobelia
Plant Type:
Deciduous perennial
Campanulaceae (The Bellflower Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring to fall
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
This is a bushy, semi-shrubby perennial, spreading by underground rhizomes to make close thickets. The stems are rather slender but sturdy, and bright to dull red in color, contrasting nicely with 2-4 inch narrow, light green leaves. It is nearly everblooming in coastal climates, mostly summer blooming elsewhere, displaying 2 inch narrowly parted blossoms, yellow within and red without, at each shoot tip. A permanent and impressive perennial. Hardy to 10 degrees F or less, resprouting from the rhizomes after extensive damage to the tops.