February 4, 2023
Lobelia tupa at Kew Gardens

Lobelia tupa at Kew Garden

Lobelia tupa is also known as Devil’s tobacco. It is from the Campanulaceae family of plants. Lobelia tupa is a woody-based perennial. It is an upright plant with gray-green leaves. The leaves are narrow and hairy.

The foliage is similar to tobacco, hence the name Devil’s tobacco. The stem is dark purplish color. The flowers are red. They are tubular, two-lipped. They grow on terminal racemes. It flowers during summer and autumn. It is native to Chile. Lobelia tupa can grow to 2.5m or 8ft.

Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa

How to grow Lobelia tupa:

Plant Lobelia tupa in fertile soil that is well-drained. Grow it in the sun. It thrives in dry soil. Propagate Lobelia tupa from seed. Sow the seeds in late winter or early spring. You can also propagate from basal cuttings. Cut back the plant after flowering is done.

Lobelia tupa is generally disease-free. Watch out for slugs. Lobelia tupa could be toxic to humans, pets, and livestock.

Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa

Also read about Lobelia laxiflora or Lobelia Cardinalis

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