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Dunn’s Lobelia – Lobelia dunnii var. serrata (lo-BEEL-ee-a DUN-ee-eye ser-AY-ta)
Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)...
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Lobelia dunnii


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Lobelia dunnii

  1. 1. Dunn’s Lobelia – Lobelia dunnii var. serrata (lo-BEEL-ee-a DUN-ee-eye ser-AY-ta) Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family) Native to: S. CA Coastal Ranges (Santa Monica Mtns) and Transverse ranges (San Gabriels) to n. Baja; mossy seeps, moist canyon wall and rocky stream banks in coastal sage scrub, chaparral. Growth characteristics: herbaceous perennial mature height: 1 ft. mature width: 1-3+ ft. Winter-dormant herbaceous perennial with narrow leaves on slender stems. Foliage is gray-green, evergreen except in winter. Stems are upright or reclining. Will spread in moist soils. Note: all Lobelias are toxic to some degree. Blooms/fruits: Late summer bloomer (Aug-Sept.) for about one month. One inch violet-blue flowers on flowering stalk– very showy. Some what reminiscent of non-native Salvias. Very much at home in the flower garden. Uses in the garden: Most often used as a shade-loving ground cover. Also works well in traditional flower beds, pots, windowboxes, hanging baskets and planters. Nice spot of color in late summer; looks great massed. Good choice for water gardens or damp places in the garden. Sensible substitute for: Non-native Salvias and Lobelias. Attracts: Excellent butterfly plant. Many species of adult butterflies sip nectar from the flowers. Requirements: Element Requirement Sun Light/partial shade is best, particularly for good color. Full sun only in cool gardens. Soil Any texture, but well-drained. pH 6.0-8.0. Water Likes moist soil (Zone 3); can even grow in shallow water. Takes seasonal flooding. Fertilizer Likes organic soils; amend or mulch with organic mulches Other Management: Carefree in many gardens. Hardy and even drought tolerant. Re-seeds if happy. Propagation: from seed: winter; don’t cover & keep moist by divisions: ?spring Plant/seed sources (see list for source numbers): 6, 8, 11, 13 UCR Bot. Garden 7/10/17 © Project SOUND