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Lobelia rhombifolia

Branched or Tufted Lobelia

Upright or spreading annual herb branched from the base.

Additional information

  • FamilyCampanulaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-40 cm high
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSpoon-shaped to oblong lobed or coarsely toothed leaves 8-25 mm x 2-12 mm, becoming smaller and entire up the stem.
  • Flower colourDark blue with white and yellow throat
  • Flowering timeOctober to February
  • FlowersTerminal 1-4 flowered branched spikes of flowers, stalks lengthening after flowering to 12 cm. Flowers 2-lipped, upper lip shortly 2-lobed, lower 3-lobed, tube split to base.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained rocky soils in open forests. Dappled shade. An ephemeral following fires and disturbance.
  • Garden useInteresting container plant if grown from seed and planted in a group.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusScattered in a few sites within the Shire. Often not present in known locations until after a disturbance event.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Richard Hartland ©; 3 Geoff Lay, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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