Lobelia tupa

Lobelia tupa

Devil's Tobacco

£11.99

Pot Size:

3Ltr

|

16 In stock

SKU: 45482

Description

Family Campanulaceae
Originating from Chile.

  • Stunning upright woody perennial with bushy architectural character.
  • Exotic deep red flower spikes appear in mid to late summer.
  • Easy to grow in any well drained soil in full sun.

Dramatic and attention-grabbing, its tall and elegant stems begin to shoot from a woody base in early spring and are gently upswept. Its lush, large grey-green, hairy perennial leaves are long and slender, oval-shaped, borne densely on the stems, growing vigorously and making a wide-spreading, bushy plant. The fast-growing upper parts of them are flushed red beneath the flowers. The whole plant is mildly toxic, containing many alkaloids that have ethnobotanical uses. The dried leaves are smoked in South America and are even used to treat nicotine addiction. Care should be taken when handling this plant, especially dried leaves.

‘Devil’s Tobacco’ produces a spectacular, profuse floral display that can last for over 2 months from mid to late summer, bearing numerous 30-40cm long spikes of magnificent deep magenta-red flowers. The upright racemes consist of many individual blooms with a dusky burgundy base and long, slender, elegantly formed tubular petals. They are attractively spaced on the flowering spike, giving ample room for their claw-shaped, spurred form to be admired.

Easy to grow in free-draining soil in full sun. Height and spread after 2-5 years 2.5m x 1.5m.

Height and spread after 2 – 3 years 1.5m x 50cm
Mature height and spread after 4 – 5 years 2.5m x 2m

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Ringland Lane, Old Costessey,
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Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01603 744997
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