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Lobelia spicata

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Common Name:  Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia

Full to part sun, moderately wet to moderately dry moisture level, prefers rich loamy soil but tolerates rocky soil.  1 ½ – 2 ft. height, blooms in summer, purple to white to blue flowers, self-seeds freely once established.

Germination Code: C(60), D

Native Region:  Statewide except absent in the Coastal Plain Province

Highly variable species with several varieties recognized by botanists. Attractive plant but less showy than its better known relatives; also more drought tolerant after becoming established.   Tends to flop if given too much water and fertilizer.  Tends to be short-lived.  Attracts bees.

Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia - Lobelia spicata
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/