Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Glade Lobelia - Lobelia glandulosa


Glade lobelia (Lobelia glandulosa) occurs statewide and in much of the Southeast in moist soil habitats such as wet prairies, marshes, and wet pinelands.  Throughout this region, it goes largely unnoticed except when it flowers.
This is a small deciduous perennial that dies back to the ground each winter and re-emerges in the spring.  A small basal rosette of linear leaves is present most months.  By early summer, the central flower stalk becomes apparent and reaches a mature height of 2-3 feet.  The light lavender to deep pinkish flowers open along the stalk from late summer to fall.  As with other members of this genus, flowering starts at the bottom and works its way up the stalk. The attractive blooms are visited mostly by butterflies, but also bees. 
Glade lobelia is not widely propagated for the home landscape.  Despite its attractive flowers, its small stature and requirements for wet soils limit its use in most settings.  We have grown this species sporadically in our home "marsh" at Hawthorn Hill, but have found it difficult to keep over long periods of time. If you wish to give it a try, plant it in moist soils with good sunlight and make sure the soils do not dry out for extended periods.

6 comments:

  1. I really like this Lobelia and I thought I have it but now that I see your pic I am unsure. The Lobelia growing here has a slightly different color to it. I am going to email you a picture of it, I would appreciate your input. Thanks =)

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  2. Great post. I am learning a lot from reading your blog! Thanks!

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  3. Do you have photos of the whole plant showing leaf placement/size etc.

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  4. I did not take many photos of this plant the day I found it - Tiger Creek Preserve in Polk County. Wish I had. I do not believe I have good photos of the foliage. Will look or try to rectify this in the future. Thanks for asking.

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  5. On the Treasure Coast this Lobelia pops up in lawns every spring, frequently close to the street where the ground is probably lower and more moist. I used to think that it just popped up and then died, but what actually happens, I think, is that once the longer days arrive home owners start mowing their lawns more regularly (which they don't do for a good part of the winter & early spring), so it disappears. I am going to try to dig out some of these delightful little flowers and plant them in a more moist area of my wildflower garden to see if they will keep me company throughout the spring and summer.

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  6. Nice plants, n being a late flowering perennial is goes well with the many gentiana spp. in my natural wetlands.....not a very photogenic plant but still enjoy to have it around...

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