tabaco del Diablo, devil’s tobacco
This amazing perennial is unlike any other lobelia you may have grown. A robust clump of broad strappy leaves gives way to tall flowers spikes reaching 6 to 8 feet tall with clusters of brilliant red, tropical looking flowers. The flowers bloom in mid to late summer and open over a long period of time.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: blue, cream, purple
Great Color Partners: cream, orange, silver, yellow
Culture NotesThis deciduous perennial needs full sun to thrive. It prefers a sandy soil, but any well-drained soil will suffice. Avoid heavy clay and winter wet locations. Once the flowers are finished the seed can be allowed to ripen. It can gently reseed if the conditions are right. If no seed is desired the seed heads can be cut off. Cut to the ground once the foliage begins to fade in autumn.
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Plant Type: upright perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 10
Flower Color: red
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant, but appreciates occasional watering