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  • Lobelia tupa

Lobelia tupa

Devil's Tobacco, Tupa, Tabaco del diablo
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Spectacular red-stemmed inflorescence
  • Red tubular flowers
  • Elongated lance-shaped foliage
  • Rich soil, full sun
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Description

Lobelia tupa, Devil's Tobacco is a tall-growing Chliean Lobelia with long pale-green lance-shaped foliage with a soft downy surface and a tall spectacular inflorescence with dark-red stems and tubular red flowers that curve downwards in a graceful arc. The male and female reproductive parts of the flower are contained together in another tubular structure that extends upwards at an angle. The stamen tube and pistil are fused together; first the tufted black male phase releases pollen followed a few days later by the appearance of the female phase when the style and stigmas are extended.

A magnificent and somewhat imposing plant, Lobelia tupa grows fast and requires a large space to see it at its best. It enjoys a rich fertile soil that is moist but free-draining during the growing season. Moist but not wet or water-logged. In its natural environment it often grows in dry substrates on free-draining soils but in cultivation in the UK it responds well to richer moister conditions. The stems die back in late autumn with the arrival of the frosts and the roots should be protected and kept on the dry side with a generous thick mulch.

Additional Information

Order Asterales
Family Campanulaceae
Sub-Family Lobelioideae
Synonyms Dortmanna berteroi, Dortmanna bicalcarata, Dortmanna mucronata, Dortmanna philippiana, Dortmanna tupa, Lobelia bicalcarata, Lobelia bicalcarata, Lobelia feuillei, Lobelia mucronata, Lobelia mucronata f. hookeri, Lobelia mucronata f. ovalifolia, Lobelia serrata, Lobelia tupa var. berteroi, Lobelia tupa var. bicalcarata, Lobelia tupa var. montana, Lobelia tupa var. mucronata, Lobelia tupa var. pavonii, Lobelia tupa var. tupa, Rapuntium mucronatum, Rapuntium tupa, Tupa berteroi, Tupa cavanillesiana, Tupa feuillei, Tupa feuillei var. berteroi, Tupa feuillei var. macrophylla, Tupa feuillei var. mucronata, Tupa montana, Tupa mucronata, Tupa mucronata var. hookeri
Geographical Origin Chile
Cultivation Full sun or some partial shade. Sheltered wind-free aspect. Moist fertile but well-drained soil. Cut back after flowering. Keep warm and dry during winter with a thick mulch
Eventual Height 2m
Eventual Spread 50cm
Hardiness Herbaceous perennial. Mulch in winter

Lobelia tupa

Devil's Tobacco, Tupa, Tabaco del diablo
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£7.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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