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Mexican bush lobelia

Lobelia laxiflora


Mexican bush lobelia is a sprawling perennial with a fast growth rate, reaching 2-3 ft. high, spreading 4-6 ft. across. Medium green leaves are long, narrow and attached to lax stems. Colorful tubular flowers are orange and red with yellow tips, and occur in large numbers from late spring through summer.

Mexican bush lobelia is native to warm and dry regions throughout southern Arizona, Mexico and Central America. It grows in areas of partial shade around rocks and along washes where seasonal moisture concentrates. This species can be easily grown throughout the Inland Empire where it does best in sunny locations, on well-drained soils and with deep watering during the summer.

This is a very colorful and carefree perennial that provides bright flower value in water conservation gardens and in combination with southwestern style plants. It is very attractive to hummingbirds. Trim plants hard after the flowering season to maintain smaller sizes and to help renew growth.

Plant Type: Perennial
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Spreading, Sprawling, Mounding
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Red, Orange
Flower Season: Summer, Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Rocky soil, Deep soil
Exposure Adaptations: All day sun, Morning sun, Heat, Drought, Aridity
Function: Rock gardens, Residential spaces, Raised planters, Parks and open space, Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders, Background plant, Wildlife value
Height: 2 ft. – 3 ft.
Width: 4 ft. – 6 ft.

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