Starship Scarlet Lobelia Seeds



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.


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

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