New Color for Late Summer-Blooming Lobelia

By Charlie Nardozzi

Lobelia speciosa is a great late-summer blooming perennial that's easy to maintain and brightly colored. The 'Fan' series is a new hybrid line that was created from a cross between Lobelia cardinalis, L. syphilitica, and L. fungens. Selections in the Fan series feature 2-foot-tall plants with larger and earlier blooms than Lobelia cardinalis. There are selections with flower colors of rose, burgundy, and blue, and now a new variety in the line not only features a novel color, but unusual colored flower stalks as well.

Lobelia 'Fan Salmon' has deep pink-salmon blooms surrounding a rich burgundy colored stalk. Like all the Fan series, 'Fan Salmon' flowers until frost and adds a rich color to fall gardens, especially when paired with other late-blooming perennials like asters and sedums.

The Fan lobelias will reflower if old flower stalks are cut back. They grow best in moist soils and are striking when planted along a pond, in a wet area, or even in a container. They are hardy in USDA zones 6 to 10, so gardeners in colder areas should protect plants in winter or treat them as annuals.

For more information on the latest variety in the Fan series, go to: Burpee Seed Company.

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