Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'
A summer spike of brilliant-red, three-lobed flowers above almost-black leaves smoulders in hot sun - use with tropical moisture lovers like cannas and hedychiums
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: deep, fertile, moist soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: August to October
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Stunning spikes of scarlet, five-petalled flowers rise up in late summer among beautiful, beetroot-coloured foliage. This gorgeous cardinal flower brings a splash of vibrant colour to the garden just as many perennials are fading. It is excellent for filling gaps left by early-flowering perennials in a mixed or herbaceous border and suits a planting scheme based on 'hot' colours.
- Garden care: Divide large clumps of plants every second year in spring. Protect the crown of the plant during winter with a thick, dry mulch, such as straw. This moisture-loving plant can also be grown at the edges of a pond, and will tolerate water levels up to 30cm deep if potted up it into a basket with aquatic compost.
- Harmful if eaten
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My question is should I prune my lobelia cardinalis queen Victoria if so when and how short should I go
Thank youAsked on 9/30/2013 by Irissimo from Littlehampton south coast
You can cut the stems down to just above ground level after they have died back, but immediately after you should apply a generous layer of mulch to help protect the crown.Answered on 10/2/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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