Lobelia, also known as Indian tobacco, is easily grown in average, moist but well-drained soils in full sun. This plant is characterized by its pale purple flowers and yellow center, with hairy stems. Its dried herb and seed was traditionally used by Native Americans as a medicine and for ceremonial purposes. It is said to help the respiratory system, but is toxic in large doses, so it is not recommended to chew or smoke.
|Sow:||Start indoors in pots 4-6 weeks before the last frost or sow directly outside after the danger of frost has passed.|
|Sow Depth:||1/4 in.|
|Days to Germinate:||7 – 21|
|Days to Harvest:||July – October after the first bloom|
|Sunlight:||Full to partial sun|
|Bloom Time:||June through October|
|Special Properties:||Attracts pollinators, deer-resistant, attractive flowers|