Lobelia tupa

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, 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, tubular, two-lipped, and appear on terminal racemes during summer and autumn. It is native to Chile. Lobelia tupa can grow to 2.5m or 8ft.

Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa

Plant Lobelia tupa in a fertile soil that is well-drained, place it in the sun. It thrives in dry soil. Propagate Lobelia tupa from seed in late winter or early spring or from basal cuttings. You can cut back the plant after flowering is done. It is disease-free, but watch out for slugs. Lobelia tupa could be toxic to humans, pets, and livestock.

Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa

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