22 May 2011 00:43:58
I am on the look out for a certain Lobelia.
It is Lobelia cardinalis 'Elmfeuer', according to my notes. It has blue flowers and, I think, green foliage.
I thought I saw it for sale at Altamont Gardens and as hubby was there today I texted him to pick it up.
He came home with Lobelia fulgens 'Elmfleur', which has red flowers on purple foliage and is an 'improved Loberlia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'.
I don't blame him. The names are so similar. The one I'm looking for has a German name, the one I have has a French name. But the letters are the same!
While I am an enormous fan of the Lobelia family, I would like to get to the bottom of this. I love all Lobelia cardinalis and grew Lobelia tupa last year. I am growing Lobelia bridgesii from seed this year. I wonder can anyone clarify?