Lobelia, Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata) - 200 Seeds

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Lobelia "Indian Tobacco" (Lobelia inflata) - 200 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbird Friendly
•USDA Zones: 4-9

Indian “Tobacco” is not a true tobacco but rather a Lobelia. It is native to the eastern half of the United States, from Kansas and Nebraska to the entire east coast. Indian Tobacco is an annual; it completes its life cycle during one season but will re-seed. The flowers are a pale white-purple color with a yellowish base. The stem is hairy, and the leaves are a pointed, elliptical shape with slightly serrated edges. It is common in moist or sometimes dry open to somewhat shaded and often disturbed ground. The small flowers attract small bees. The plant itself is toxic to mammals, so deer will not graze on this plant. It is also toxic to humans, so do not smoke or chew this plant.

Growing Instructions:
Lobelias prefer part to full sun, rich, moist soil, much water and are light-dependent germinators. Sow seed in spring or fall. Sprinkle seed on surface, tamp securely and keep evenly moist and in the light until germination. Average germ time in warm soils is 1 to 3 weeks. Water very gently.

Note: In nature, germination is in the fall, after which the low-lying rosette overwinters, and flowers and goes to seed in the next spring to early summer. If you try to grow it as a spring annual it will probably bolt to flower when the soils warm up in the summer and give very little yield.

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