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 five feet or more. The exotic red flowers resemble flamingoes bending over to drink and look quite bizarre.
When dried and smoked the leaves are reputedly hallucinogenic although the plant is highly toxic so don't try this at home.
Unlike most lobelia they prefer a sandy, well drained soil in full sun and are drought resistant when established. Place in a sheltered sunny spot and water only when the leaves look parched. Frost tolerant so a dry mulch is beneficial.
If cut down in winter they will grow in late spring.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
150 - 200cm
50 - 100cm