Lobelia siphilitica
(Great Lobelia)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Great Lobelia, Blue Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Lobelia
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - September
    Status: Native

Lobelia siphilitica, or Great Lobelia, is native to the eastern two thirds of the United States, except Florida. It grows in moist prairies, meadows, swamp edges, ditches, and wet open woods, as well as woodland edges. It blooms in mid to late summer, with stalks of large blue-purple flowers.

This plant is easy to distinguish from others in its genus because of its late bloom time, its large nature, and the dark color of its flowers. Flowers are usually solid color, but can have splashes of white in the centers as well.

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