Starship Scarlet Lobelia Seeds

(P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Item #51429-PK-P1
$7.95
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Description

Doesn't Mind a Bit of Shade or Wind!

Hummingbirds love its long, late season!

The combination of big, wide-open, butterfly-shaped scarlet blooms and near-black stems is electrifying on this compact, free-flowering Lobelia! More tolerant of wind and shade than others, it is a joy for the perennial border and the vase, with a long, late season of bloom.

Starship Scarlet earns its name with the eye-catching shade of red borne on its blooms, but its merits go far beyond beauty. It is a hummingbird magnet, and because it flowers from midsummer into mid-fall in most climates, you get a longer season of winged visitors! Also, it is simply more floriferous than most others, with a columnar habit that packs a lot of color into very little garden space. Although Starship Scarlet is 20 to 24 inches high in bloom, it's seldom more than 8 inches wide. Very effective in small gardens and tight spaces!

This Lobelia is a hybrid of several species, with the best characteristics of each. It thrives in moist soil, but does not mind dry conditions, especially after it's had a season or two to establish in the garden. (Wet soil it will not tolerate.) A good choice for containers, its straight up-and-down habit complements all the mounding and trailing varieties out there today.

And Starship Scarlet is easy to grow from our pelleted seed. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out, and do not plant out until nighttime temperatures are reliably 60 degrees F or warmer. This Lobelia starts later than many, but finishes long past others, too! Enjoy its beauty for years in your sunny to lightly shaded garden and containers. Zones 6-10.

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Genus Lobelia
Species x speciosa
Variety 'Starship Scarlet'
Item Form (P) Pkt of 20 seeds
Zone 6 - 10
Bloom Start to End Mid Summer - Mid Fall
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 20
Plant Height 20 in - 24 in
Plant Width 6 in - 20 in
Additional Characteristics Flower, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Hummingbird Lovers, Season Extenders
Bloom Color Red
Foliage Color Burgundy, Black
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Wet, Dry
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy, Clay
Uses Containers, Cut Flowers, Outdoor, Border

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

January 17, 2017

Wow, this is a keeper! Stunning visually and was easy in grow.

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I always wonder when I buy seed if it will grow well and live up to the hype? Our expirence is that this Starship is stellar class. Grew quickly from seed with some plants blooming the first year. Even small potted plants overwintered well (Seattle). Then they reignited the 2nd year to full size, blasting forth spikes covered with long lasting, brilliant scarlet colored flowers. The plants stand upright without staking, unlike other older varieties we have grown. They are green leaved not bronze and this was a beautiful contrast ... like Xmas in July. Starship then bloomed continuously until frost, which kept the revisiting hummingbirds quite entertained. Thus, I can reported being mesmerized by this beautiful thing and not burned. Constellation Suggestion: we paired Starship with Canna Tropicanna which made it look like it was soaring out of fire! Riveted our eyes there from across the yard. So Starship holds her own visually against any other plant. Stunning contribution to our yard. Thank You!

GaryPNW from WA

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