Lobelia x speciosa

Lobelia x speciosa

Campanulaceae Form -native to North America, up to 2 feet tall Culture -rich, constantly moist soil, located in full sun or partial shade -can tolerate extremely moist soil, but any drought will harm -clumps need divided every 2 years -self sows in ideal conditions Use -best to plant in marshy spot or along stream or pond Foliage -simple green-purple leaves -produce spikes of 2 inch long rose-pink flowers -tubular flowers bloom from July to September Interesting Facts -Native Americans used plant to treat everything from epilepsy to witchcraft -contains poisonous alkaloids and ingestion has caused death in humans