Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia

Aronia melanocarpa

Plant Characteristics:

  • Duration: Perennial 
  • Habit: herb 
  • Size class: 1-3 ft. 
  • Native Habitat: Open, wet woods; stream banks; marshes; meadows 
  • Bloom time: July-October

Growing Conditions 

  • Light:
    • Sun, partial shade, shade
  • Soil:
    • Moisture: moist, wet 
    • Drought tolerance: low
    • Description: Clay, loam, sand
  • Condition comments:
    • Not at all drought tolerant, keep soil moist, watering if necessary in average soil conditions

Benefits:

  • Conspicuous flowers 
  • Attracts birds and hummingbirds 
  • Specific value to native bees and bumblebees

Drawbacks: 

  • POISONOUS PARTS: All part toxic if eaten in large quantities
    • Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salvation, exhaustion and weakness, dilation of pupils, convulsions, and coma
    • DO NOT INGEST