Doesn’t Mind a Bit of Shade or Wind!
Hummingbirds love its long, late season!
Species: x speciosa
Variety: ‘Starship Scarlet’
Item Form: (P)Pkt of 20 seeds
Zone: 6 – 10
Bloom Start to End: Mid Summer – Mid Fall
Seeds Per Pack: 20
Plant Height: 20 in – 24 in
Plant Width: 6 in – 20 in
Additional Characteristics: Bloom First Year,Butterfly Lovers,Flower,Free Bloomer,Hummingbird Lovers,Long Bloomers,Season Extenders
Bloom Color: Red
Foliage Color: Black,Burgundy
Light Requirements: Full Sun,Part Shade
Moisture Requirements: Dry,Moist, well-drained,Wet
Resistance: Cold Hardy,Drought Tolerant,Heat Tolerant,Humidity Tolerant
Soil Tolerance: Clay,Normal, loamy
Uses: Border,Containers,Cut Flowers,Outdoor
(P)?Pkt of 20 seeds
The combination of big, wide-open, butterfly-shaped scarlet blooms and near-black stems is electrifying on this compact, free-flowering Lobelia! More tolerant of wind and shade than others, it is a joy for the perennial border and the vase, with a long, late season of bloom.
Starship Scarlet earns its name with the eye-catching shade of red borne on its blooms, but its merits go far beyond beauty. It is a hummingbird magnet, and because it flowers from midsummer into mid-fall in most climates, you get a longer season of winged visitors! Also, it is simply more floriferous than most others, with a columnar habit that packs a lot of color into very little garden space. Although Starship Scarlet is 20 to 24 inches high in bloom, it’s seldom more than 8 inches wide. Very effective in small gardens and tight spaces!
This Lobelia is a hybrid of several species, with the best characteristics of each. It thrives in moist soil, but does not mind dry conditions, especially after it’s had a season or two to establish in the garden. (Wet soil it will not tolerate.) A good choice for containers, its straight up-and-down habit complements all the mounding and trailing varieties out there today.
And Starship Scarlet is easy to grow from our pelleted seed. Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before planting out, and do not plant out until nighttime temperatures are reliably 60 degrees F or warmer. This Lobelia starts later than many, but finishes long past others, too! Enjoy its beauty for years in your sunny to lightly shaded garden and containers. Zones 6-10.