Lobelia syphilitica 3-5' tall. In early spring, this gorgeous North American native forms deep green rosettes, which produce tall green stems with alternate lance-shaped leaves. Blue-violet flower spikes appear midsummer. Don’t deadhead: healthy plants produce several thousand seeds per stem and require damp open ground to germinate well. Plant along the riverbank and streambed, edges of bog, in the perennial border or in the meadow. Absolutely stunning once established.
Best planted in light shade in consistently moist soil, with minimal weed competition the first year. MOFGA-certified organic, grown by Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.
Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.
Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers. Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting. Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.