Lobelia tupa

Devil's tobacco

If you like the weird and wonderful - we do - then this lobelia from Chile is for you. 

Large strappy leaves branch off this very tall, robust plant that can grow to 2m or more. The exotic flowers sprout from the top and are a vivid shade of red. They resemble pink flamingoes bending over to drink. 

When smoked the leaves are reputedly hallucinogenic but the plant is toxic so probably not wise to try. 

Unlike most lobelia they prefer a sandy, well drained soil in full sun and are drought resistant. We have ours in a sheltered sunny spot and they are watered when the leaves look parched. Frost tolerant so a dry mulch is beneficial. 

If cut down in winter they will grow in late spring.

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£7.50

Family

Plant type

Hardiness

Height

Spread

Foliage

Flower

Soil

Position

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Campanulaceae

Tender perennial

H3

150 - 200cm 

50 - 100cm 

Grey green 

Brick red 

Well-drained 

Full sun

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