Crystal Palace Lobelia
Deep purple-blue flowers that can only be described as 'lobelia blue' are carried on bronze-green foliage. The plant fills out into a 6 inch bush, ideal for borders, rock gardens, window boxes, and pots. The small distinctive blooms last most of the summer from indoor spring sowing.
Annual, Perennial zones 10-11
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface, seeds need light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Provide 60-70ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 6-8” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Starting indoors is recommended. Direct sow around the last frost date, only in areas with long growing seasons.
Growth Habit: small mounds
Height and Width: 6-8” by 6-8”
Spacing: 6-8” apart
Light Needs: Full sun to part shade
Soil Needs: Fertile, moist but well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in 80-90 days
Uses: Border and edging, rock gardens, planters and containers, hanging baskets and window boxes, attracts butterflies, deer resistant
Care: Amend the soil with compost before transplanting. Apply a liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks or use a time-release fertilizer at planting time. Keep well watered in dry weather.