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Laguna Sky Blue Lobelia erinus

  • Hardy Zones
    • 9 - 11
  • Exposure
    • Part Sun to Sun
  • Season
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Mature Size
    • 8 - 10 Inches
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Laguna Sky Blue Lobelia erinus

Part Sun to Sun 8 - 10

Features

It's a PHOTOSYNTHESIS finish.

Soft blue flowers all season on cascading, well-branched plants; good summer performance; low maintenance

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Deadheading Not Necessary
Attracts: 
Butterflies

Characteristics

Duration: 
Annual
Height Category: 
Short
Garden Height: 
8 - 10 Inches
Trails Up To: 
24 Inches
Spacing: 
6 - 10 Inches
Spread: 
12 - 18 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Blue
Flower Shade: 
Blue-True
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Shade: 
Green
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Filler

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Bloom Time: 
Planting To Frost
Hardiness Zones: 
9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Container
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses Notes: 

Plant alone or in combinations in all container types, hanging baskets, window boxes and landscapes

Maintenance Notes: 

Self cleaning, no deadheading necessary. Laguna does not like "wet feet". Be sure that you do not keep the soil wet. Allow the soil surface to dry before watering again.

These newer types of Lobelia are much more heat tolerant than past plants. They will reliably bloom in warm temperatures unless night temperatures stay in the upper 70's or above. If you experience an extended time period with high night temperatures the plants may flush out of bloom, however, the plants themselves should continue to look good. If the plants do go out of flower using a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to give the plants a "haircut" - a slight overall trim - should encourage additional branching. Additional branching will result in increased flower power once the plants begin blooming again after night temperatures fall.

The plants may be trimmed back at anytime if you feel they could use it.

A yearly application of fertilizer or compost on garden beds and regular fertilization of plants in pots will help ensure the best possible performance.

Thanks to fashionable moms everywhere, in the 21st century blue isn't just for boys. Not that boys have a new favorite color. But it's now okay for girls to like blue, too. For anyone of either gender who has a thing for this band of the color spectrum, I'm da bomb. Billowing clouds of sky blue flowers, and Lobelia flowers at that. Wait a minute. Aren't Lobelias supposed to croak in the heat? It so happens that another thing that's gotten with the program in our new millennium is horticulture. Proven Winners wanted a heat tolerant Lobelia that was a flower making maniac. Poof! And here I am.

A compact, 8 - 10 inch tall annual (except in zones 9-11) for full sun to part shade, an abundance of blooms that never need deadheading and a mounding, trailing habit that's perfect for landscapes and all types of containers. Ain't progress wonderful?

Laguna Sky Blue Lobelia erinus 'Loboudtis' USPP 15,526, Can 2,304

  • My Summer Life will not be complete unless I find Proven Winners sky blue lobelia to pot in a hanging plantar under my crabapple tree out front. Last year it was a show stopper, believe me. Everyone stopped to comment as I combined it with purple supertunias and had a darling white 2 story birdhouse next to the plants. Wow!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Ellen Yula
    Lakewood
    New Jersey
    United States
    7 weeks ago
  • An abundance of dainty blue flowers all summer long

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jennifer Winship
    Vernon
    British Columbia
    Canada
    50 weeks ago
  • Beautiful plant

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    bob MacKenzie
    Canim lake
    British Columbia
    Canada
    2 years ago
  • Although this was listed as a summer bloomer, I had outstanding blooms from May right through October (zone 5b). I have *never* had a lobelia perform as well as this one. I cannot recommend it more highly!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Amie Gillingham
    3 years ago
  • Looked great at first, but now there are very few blooms and the plant looks shabby with all the dead flowers. The color of the flowers is stunning. I will try giving it a "hair cut" to see if it perks up.

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    Brooke
    Connecticut
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Above Average Superior performance, among my favorites, would recommend to others.
    Russell Studebaker
    British Columbia
    Canada
    4 years ago
  • Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Russell Studebaker
    Alabama
    United States
    4 years ago
  • I'm in a landscape program at my school. We grow this plant in our greenhouses and it's our class favorite. It has a beautiful and extravagent color and grows wonderfully. PERFECT!!! LOVE IT! :)

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Devin
    Ohio
    United States
    4 years ago
  • Love it! Beautiful shade of blue!

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Marilyn B. Grua
    Kentucky
    United States
    4 years ago
  • could not tolerate heat

    Marginally Adequate Performed below expectations but may be willing to try again.
    susan rogers
    Massachusetts
    United States
    4 years ago
Award Year Award Plant Trial
2011 Best of the Best (multiyear award) Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
2011 Best of the Best (multiyear award) Champaign County Illinois Master Gardener Idea Garden
2009 Best-Looking Foliage University of Delaware
2009 Top Performer Calgary Zoo and Botanic Garden
2009 Top Performer Longwood Gardens
2009 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Knock Your Socks Off University of Georgia
2009 Best-Looking Flowers University of Delaware
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