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Herbaceous Perennial

Lobelia × speciosa 'Tania'

lobelia 'Tania'

'Tania' is an upright herbaceous perennial to 90cm tall, with deep red stems bearing narrow, bronze-tinged leaves and compact terminal racemes of vivid magenta-purple flowers

Synonyms
Lobelia 'Tania'
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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Bronze Green
Summer Purple Bronze Green
Autumn Purple Bronze Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Campanulaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Ingestion may cause severe discomfort. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Lobelia can be annuals, perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and showy 2-lipped flowers that may be solitary or in racemes or panicles

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in deep, fertile, reliably moist soil in full sun or partial shade. Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks until mid-summer and a low nitrogen fertiliser from then on

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown at 15-18°C in late winter, or propagate by division in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut back after flowering

Pests

Slugs may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free

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