Lobelia spicata (Pale Spiked Lobelia)
Lobelia spicata (Pale Spiked Lobelia) has feathery blue to purple flowers that reach about 2' tall in mid-summer. Its flower color can vary widely from a white to a deeper blue-purple or even pink. This plant is typically found in low competition prairies including hill prairie, sand prairie, and glades. It can also be found in sandy and dry savanna and open woodland areas. Because it tolerates these varying site, it is an extremely adaptive and a beautifully compact plant for the home landscape. Although beautiful, it can be fleeting as it is a short-lived perennial but reproduces readily in the correct location.
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