Chiefly known in itsform, very popular as a bedding plant.
Together with otherin beds or in the annual border. Also useful in window-boxes, especially the trailing types.
The soil must contain humus and remain adequately damp.
Sow early, preferably in early spring, in a temperateor frame. Seedlings are transplanted in small and are not hardened off until mid spring and are planted outside in late spring.
Lobelia erinus: Height 10-30 cm; will flower from about late spring until early autumn, especially if the plants are cut back after their first flowering.
Catalogues distinguish between dwarf varieties, not growing beyond 10 cm; tall forms, to 25 cm; and trailing varieties. Colours vary from blue, violet and purple to rose red, often with a paler centre.