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Russian Princess Lobelia

Lobelia 'Russian Princess'

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Russian Princess Lobelia (Lobelia 'Russian Princess') at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Russian Princess Lobelia

Russian Princess Lobelia

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Plant Height:  20 inches

Flower Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Cardinal Flower

Ornamental Features

Russian Princess Lobelia features showy spikes of cherry red flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive glossy pointy leaves emerge red in spring, turning burgundy in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The burgundy stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Russian Princess Lobelia is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Russian Princess Lobelia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Russian Princess Lobelia will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity extending to 30 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

This plant should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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