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Lobelia inflata

Lobelia inflata
indian tobacco
Lobelia inflata

Common name indian tobacco
Family campanulaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 3'
Light sun-part shade
From seed not sure of germination requirements - see details of a successful attempt below
detailed seed-starting info below

Eastern US wildflower named for its inflated ball-shaped seedpods. Various herbal and medicinal properties are attributed to it. Ours started blooming while still under the lights inside. Shortly after setting out in spring, they disappeared. Then, in late September, I noticed a new plant, several feet away from where the others had been. It's not much of a garden specimen, but charming enough to allow some seedlings to persist.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 trade. Baggy 35F (8w; germination started towards the end of this phase) - 70F with light (25%G, 1-9d)

Not sure if cold or light are required.

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