Lobelia gerardii

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 Lobelia gerardii subsp. var.  
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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Lobelia gerardii, Hort. Habit of L. fulgens or L. cardinalis: lvs. lanceolate or lance-oblong, glabrous, denticulate: fls. in a heavy terminal spike or raceme, rich violet, 1½ in. or more long. Obtained by Chabanne and Goujon of the Botanic Garden of Lyons, and intro. to the trade in 1895 by Rivoire Pere et Fils. Lyons. The hispid calyx suggests L. syphilitica. R.B. 22, p. 112. I.H. 42, p. 268.—It varies into rose-color (var. lugdu- nensis, and into coral-red, violet-purple, and the like. The pistillate parent was a form of L. syphilitica and the staminate parent was the "Queen Victoria" form of L. fulgens. The plant was named for M. Gerard, director of the botanical collection at Lyons.

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