Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ : a garden tested, hardy perennial plant supplied in a half litre pot


• Plants are sold in half litre sized pots (9cm pots that are nearly pint sized, about 520ml in capacity).
• All the cultivars we sell have been grown and tested in our own garden (which is an RHS partner garden open to the public).
• When your plants arrive they can usually be planted straight out after soaking in water for 3 or 4 minutes. A good rule of thumb; make the soil level of the pot level with the rest of your border when planting out. Another rule of thumb; nearly all our plants will grow in indirect sunlight; we are in the British Isles after all. Another rule of thumb (!); Plants usually do better in the ground, which is unsurprising because that where they can from! Containers are ok if plants are kept fed and watered during their growing months, and in a warmer place during the winter. Try not to over water!
• During the year plants can be in various states of growth. The same plant delivered in early spring could be much bigger or smaller if delivered in late spring. Please be aware of this when ordering or receiving them.
• Some plants may have their flowers and foliage cut back when we send them, and look a bit awful! Don’t worry, it is for their own good; some plants like to travel light. Similarly bulbs, rhizomes, and some plants may be dormant or dying back for the year when you order them, they may even look dead – that is the nature of hardy perennials so don’t worry. Plant them out and wait, perhaps until next year, patience is a virtue in the hardy perennial game. Eventually your hardy perennials should grow back beautiful year after year. Again, this is the nature of hardy perennials – they die back and grow back, die back and grow back, year after year after year. Some years are better than others. You get the picture!
• Postage and packaging is a flat fee of £3.99 per order
• If you are for some reason upset in any way please contact us – we’re human.

Product Features

  • About this cultivar: Lobelia cardinalis ‘Queen Victoria’ provides stunning spikes of scarlet flowers among beautiful, beetroot-coloured foliage. Use it to fill gaps left by early flowering plants or add to a hot border. Does well near ponds or streams. Received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit in 1993.
  • About this genus: Lobelia (lo-be-le-a) is a genus named after the Belgian botanist Matthias de Lobel (1538-1616). It is in the bell-flower family (Campanulaceae) comprising almost 400 species that are distributed worldwide.
  • Lobelia prefers damp soils and in the wild is often seen growing in boggy places like swamps in sun or part shade. The flowering stalks of Lobelia arise from flat green winter rosettes and provide rich jewel tones of red, pink, blue and more. Lobelia flowers generally begin forming in midsummer on tall stalks and may last into autumn. It is a tough, low maintenance plant which makes it perfect for wet gardens.
  • According to the Victorian practice of floriography or “language of flowers”, sending a floral arrangement of Lobelia was a sign of malevolence or ill will. Perhaps that was tied to one of the traditional herbal uses of Lobelia which was to induce vomiting.
  • Position: Full sun, partial shade Soil: Almost any soil, grows well in Ballyrobert Flowers: August, September, October Other features: Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit (RHS AGM) Hardiness: Fully hardy, grows well in Ballyrobert Habit: Clump forming Foliage: Deciduous Height: 60 – 90 cm (2 – 3 ft) Spread: 45 – 75 cm (1.5 – 2.5 ft) Time to full growth: 2 to 5 years Plant type: Herbaceous Perennial Colour: Green, purple, red

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