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Lobelia tupa (Devil's Tobacco)

From the Peruvian Andes. An evergreen exotic herbaceous perennial in mild climates but even in a cold garden, will always come back the following spring after being frosted. Its leaves are rather large (to 8″ long) and quite glaucous (bluey-green) and the flower spikes are various shades of red and can grow to 6ft or more in mid-summer.

To really justify itself, it needs vegetable garden conditions – deep rich soil with plenty of moisture. It’s worth putting the effort in as it can be disappointing on poor thin soil.

Propagated by us from seed.

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Hardiness level Amber

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Hardy in the Home Counties if sensibly sited (avoiding severe frost pockets, for example). Many Amber Labelled Plants are from cuttings from well-established plants that have survived many harsh winters in the South-East.

This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.

Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.

General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.