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Lobelia laxiflora
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lobelioideae (Lobeliaceae)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Lobelia laxiflora - Branches with narrow green leaves and red stems arise from underground rhizomes that spread outward, allowing a single plant to form a dense groundcover to 18 inches tall by many feet wide. At the tip of each stem are borne the 2 inch long bi-colored flowers, yellow on the inside with red on the outside. In Santa Barbara this plant is nearly always in bloom, with a peak bloom period in summer. Plant in full sun to light shade. Can tolerate little water but also grows well in moist soils where it can prove to be somewhat invasive. It is hardy to about 15 degrees F. The genus is named for Mathias de L'Obel (latinized to Matthaeus Lobelius) (1538 1616), a Belgian botanist and physician to the royal families of the Netherlands (William the Silent, Prince of Orange) and England (King James I).  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Lobelia laxiflora.