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Pale Spiked Lobelia, Palespike Lobelia
Full to part sun, moderately wet to moderately dry moisture level, prefers rich loamy soil but tolerates rocky soil. 1 ½ – 2 ft. height, blooms in summer, purple to white to blue flowers, self-seeds freely once established.
Germination Code: C(60), D
Native Region: Statewide except absent in the Coastal Plain Province
Highly variable species with several varieties recognized by botanists. Attractive plant but less showy than its better known relatives; also more drought tolerant after becoming established. Tends to flop if given too much water and fertilizer. Tends to be short-lived. Attracts bees.