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We dig plants when your order is received, and ship immediately via US Priority Mail. You will receive a tracking number via email when plants are shipped. All plants are packed to be safe in their packages for up to 3 days after receipt.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This provides superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receipt unless weather prohibits. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water daily for the first week after planting.
Hardy Planting Zone – Zones 3 to 9
Bloom Season – July to October
Bloom Color – bright blue
Height at Maturity – 2 to 3 feet
Soil Type Preferred – moist to wet soil, clay, loam, or sand
Sun or Shade – partial shade
Great blue lobelia offers a striking blue splash of color for your home garden.
Also called the blue cardinal flower, the great blue lobelia is native to a wide region of the middle to the Eastern United States. In the wild, great blue lobelia most commonly grows near water, particularly preferring ponds, creeks, swamps, meadows, woodlands, and springs. Great blue lobelia is a perennial that usually grows as a single, unbranched stem with tight clusters of lavender-blue, tube-like flowers. Occasionally, these plants may demonstrate minor branching. Flower color can vary from light blue to nearly purple. The flowers themselves have an upper lip with two petals and a lower lip with three petals. The plant's stiff, leafy stem usually grows 2 to 3 feet tall, though it can sometimes grow even taller. Leaves are lance-like, light green, and toothy. Leaves can grow up to 5” long.
This plant is very easily cultivated in a variety of soils and light conditions, from partial shade to full sun in northern climates. Partial shade is preferred further south. The soil must be kept medium to wet with constant moisture, and the plant responds well to humidity.
Great blue lobelia offers some natural resistance to damage from deer, and great blue lobelia has no major disease or insect problems.
Great blue lobelia is the perfect plant for attracting friendly hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The great blue lobelia is recommended for perennial borders, woodland gardens, or wild gardens. Since it naturally grows near bodies of water, planting great blue lobelia near home streams and ponds can be particularly striking and effective.