Soil: Hydric (Wet) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1-4 feet
Color: Dark Blue to Purple
Bloom Season: July – September
Suggested Uses: Great Blue Lobelia is an excellent wildflower for rain gardens and shoreline restoration projects. It is often found growing on the edges of wetlands. It is very attractive to hummingbirds and makes a nice cut flower.
Native Range: Native to the Midwest, Appalachia and parts of the Northeastern U.S.
Pollinators: Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Provides an important nectar source for adult monarch butterflies.
Flowers: The 1″ flowers are irregular and have 2 lips with 5 lobes. The 5 stamens make a tube around the style. The flowers bloom where the leaves meet the stem.
Leaves: The 2″-6″ alternate leaves are toothed and oblong to lance-shaped.
Name: Named for Matthias von Lobel, a 16th-century Flemish herbalist.
More information: USDA plant profile