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Week 16 – April 19, 2024

Plant Information

Lobelia Starship™ Scarlet Bronze Leaf

  • Lobelia Starship™ Scarlet Bronze Leaf - Bloom
  • Lobelia Starship™ Scarlet Bronze Leaf - Container
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Plant Details:

Scientific Name: Lobelia x speciosa

Common Name: Cardinal Flower

Hardiness Zone: 6a - 10b

Blooming Season: Summer, Autumn, Late Summer

Plant Habit: Columnar, Upright

Characteristics: Water/Rain tolerant, Shade Tolerant

Water: Medium

Fertilize: Every two weeks

Spacing: 14 - 16" (36 - 41cm)

Height: 20 - 24" (51 - 61cm)

Width: 8 - 12" (20 - 30cm)

Exposure: Sun

General Information: Summer to fall-flowering perennial attracts hummingbirds. Showy, mid-height plant covered with masses of flowers is ideal for mixed containers but equally striking in gardens. Sturdy, bushy plant is low maintenance. 

Grower Information:

Plug crop time (288 tray): Scarlet, 7 to 9 weeks; all others, 8 to 10 weeks
Transplant to finish: 14 to 18 weeks

  • Earlier flowering; improved branching; low stretch; uniform, controlled habit; and huge flower power assure a better-quality finished plant than the competition.
  • Pretty Summer plant for beds and borders – prefers higher temperatures, humidity and moisture.
  • Good germination and plug yield.
  • Versatile series works well from 5-in./13-cm pots to higher-value 1 and 2-gallon containers.
  • Performs well in both annual and perennial combos.
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

The most bronze-leaved variety in the series grows to 24 to 26 in./61 to 66 cm in height, about 4 to 6 in./13 to 15 cm taller than Scarlet, and is 1 week later to flower. Features an in-demand combination of deep bronze leaves with intense scarlet flower power.

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