Garden Lobelia - Lobelia erinus


Prostrate or scrambling plant growing to 8 to15 cm tall. The basal leaves are oval, 10 mm long and 4 to 8 mm broad, with a toothed margin; leaves higher on the stems are slender and sometimes untoothed. The flowers are blue to violet in wild plants, with a five-lobed corolla 8 to 20 mm across; they are produced in loose panicles.

Identification difficulty

Usually an escape from cultivation and likely to be found close to habitation.

When to see it

Spring to autumn.

Life History

Perennial, but usually grown as an annual in Britain.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain as a casual escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Little recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland, but probably fairly frequent as a garden escape. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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