Lobelia dunnii

Dunn's lobelia

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade, Sun
Drainage: Well-draining
Water: Moist, Regular
Height X Width: 2' X 2'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Dunn’s lobelia grows in moist places in Monterey County and from Santa Barbara County south into northern Baja, Mexico. Following winter dormancy, it grows rapidly as a low clump of fine, lance-shaped leaves to about a foot tall or so. The summer lavender flowers are interesting, but require a closer look since they are small. This hardy perennial is quite happy in well-draining soil if kept moist. It accepts a variety of sun exposures. Dunn’s lobelia will produce copious amounts of seed and spreads by rhizome, so it may need to be contained in a moist area.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: No
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen