Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA

 Lobelia siphilitica - Great Blue Lobelia

 Lobelia siphilitica
Great Blue Lobelia - Roger Dahlin
Bee on Lobelia
Wildlife Significance
Pollen - Bumble bees, the Halictidae bee family collects pollen but are non pollinating

Nectar -
sometimes Humming Birds and butterflies.

- This plant is not a favorite of deer and small mammals as it contains the chemicals lobeline and lobelanine. Ingesting the leaves of this plant will create symptoms similar to nicotine poising.

For more detailed information visit the Illinois Wildflower site.
Ohio Native Plant - Natural Range
The United State Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a wonderful map showing the natural range of the Great Blue Lobelia

blue lobelia
Historically Speaking -

Great Blue Lobelia -
Is a cousin to Cardinal Flower and is sometimes referred to as the Blue Cardinal Flower

During the 1700's both in Europe and America it was considered to be a cure for Syphilis and its Latin name remain.

Cultivation Information
Prounced - low - BeaL - ee -AH

Height -
2 to 3 ft
Blooms - July - October
Color -
Zone -
3 to 9
Sun - Light shade, sun
Soil - Moist to wet

Family - Campanulaceae
 Great Blue Lobelia - Lobelia siphilitica
Lobelia siphilitica - Roger Dahlin
Our Research - Roger Dahlin - Baldwinsville, NY
Great Blue Lobelia [Blue Cardinal  Flower]  Started from on November 16, 2011 shows that Nodding Onion Garden's seeds are fertile.

Most interesting point . As you know most sources, such as the Prairie Moon Nursery where you get some of your native plant seeds say these seeds need to be stratified. That is, exposed to a cold cycle like it would get in normal outdoor winter setting and should include light .
The book "Growing and Propagating Wildflowers' by William Cullina gives a different appraisal . Cullina says the Lobelia will behave like an aster without stratification but it must have light to propagate. This photo that shows the plant about an inch high supports his claim.
Seed Provenance - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 - present

 Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2010 - 2011
Seed Provenance - Nodding Onion Gardens - 2012 - Prairie Moon Nursery, Winona, MN - 2010 - 2011

Propagation Notes -

Cold Storage 60 days
- Small Zip lock plastic bag with a few table spoons of  moistened vermiculite

Seeds Planted - 2-9-2012

Sprouted - 2-18-2012 - Many!

Night Temperature - 61 - 63°F

Day Temperature - 64 - 65°F -Under florescent lights