Lobelia erinus L.

Edging Lobelia

Perennial herb grown as a densely branched annual summer bedding plant 20-30 cm tall. Leaves of lower stems ovate to obovate, toothed, the upper ones linear. Flowers in spikes, mostly blue or violet with white or yellow throat, occasionally white; summer.

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Grown as a range of habit and flower colour cultivars, popular as the Dynamite, Fountain and Moonshine series.

Other cultivars listed include L. 'Cambridge Blue', L. 'Half Moon', L. 'Lilac Falls', L. 'Midnight Moon', L. 'Paper Moon', L. 'String of Pearls', L. 'True Blue' and L. 'White Lady'.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Campanulaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Lobelia erinus 'Blue Moon'

Flowers dark violet-blue.

Lobelia erinus 'Crystal Palace'

Dwarf, densely branched, flowers deep blue.

Lobelia erinus 'Mrs Clibran'

Flowers deep blue with a white centre.

Lobelia erinus 'Rosamunde'

Flowers rose with a white centre.

Lobelia erinus 'Sapphire'

Trailing; flowers deep blue with a white centre.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Campanulaceae
genus        Lobelia L.