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Lobelia tupa

Lobelia tupa
Lobelia tupa

This Chilean native is the fourth entry in this week's Perennial Plant Sale series (plant lists). The whole plant is reportedly poisonous, yet also smoked as a narcotic. This likely lends credence to its common name, devil's tobacco.

The Royal Horticultural Society has a small article about the genus Lobelia, with a particular emphasis on Lobelia tupa in cultivation.

I'm not particularly happy about the strong background lighting with these photographs. I have my eye on the plants growing in the South American section of the Alpine Garden so that I can attempt another image when they are in flower (late summer locally).

Horticulture / history resource link: From the University of Arizona's Arid Lands newsletter, Paradise on Earth: Historical Gardens of the Arid Middle East, an article by Safei El-Deen Hamed.

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Lobelia tupa - Z8 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths
Lobelia tupa - Z8-10 - A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants, Brickell, Cole, Zuk

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