Lobelia erinus


This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Brown Argus, Gatekeeper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White

Image of 2003:

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Typical use of Lobelia, blue and white forms, to edge a border. Seen in the village of Hindon, Wiltshire on August 15.

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My hanging baskets containing Lobelia 'Cambridge Blue'. July 6.


Although I've seen butterflies on Lobelia, I've yet to record this event on film or using my digital camera. You can therefore deduce that Lobelia is not one of the major attractors of butterflies.

I have grown Lobelia from seed but I prefer to buy plants from nurseries and market stalls in late May when it is readily available.

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Plant Type: tender perennial, usually grown as half-hardy annual

Flowers from June

Height: 10-15cm
Spread: 10-30cm

Comes in upright and trailing forms - good for hanging baskets

This page last updated April 18, 2004