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05/09/2013 at 16:04

I thought my lobelias were all the same variety until they started flowering, I have found the labels, one is 'cardinalis Queen Victoria' the other is 'Russian Princess'. Brut can anyone tell me which is which? Thank you.


05/09/2013 at 16:12

Queen Victoria is the one with red flowers and dark foliage

05/09/2013 at 16:13

Queen Victoria is the bright red one

05/09/2013 at 16:17

Thank you both.

05/09/2013 at 16:32

BTW slugs and snails love to eat them!

05/09/2013 at 16:47

The slugs n snails seem to have kept away, but any idea what this damage is to one of the Q.Vics?


05/09/2013 at 16:50

Scorch perhaps, i.e. water on the leaves in hot sun

05/09/2013 at 17:09

......and queen Victoria needs more moisture.  I grow it in my pool, for example.

05/09/2013 at 17:24

I try not to water in hot sun but guess I must be guilty as charged, Fleurisa.

Yep Verdun, it could be doing much better than it is and again I could be doing better as well... but can also live with it doing ok rather than fab... I do like it where it is but will consider moving it next year to somewhere damper or watering more where it is.  OOO I could build a pool around it, solve all issues in one fell swoop.

05/09/2013 at 17:26

Yes,but doing fab is sooooooo much better than just ok!!!

05/09/2013 at 17:31

Agreed, 'working towards' fab. Off to water now, lots of watering!

08/09/2015 at 15:11

I had three good clumps of Queen Victoria in different situations. One of them was eaten at an early stage. The other two were growing healthily and had reached two feet tall. I was looking forward to their display but a couple of days after my heart sank when I discovered only one surviving stem! The others, about two dozen stems, had been eaten from the top down. All the leaves had been eaten and also the red skin of the stems. I coudn't find anything on the remaining stems. Any one have any idea what caused this?

08/09/2015 at 15:44

slugs and / or snails would be my No1 culprits Jo.

08/09/2015 at 21:21

Definitely slugs or snails Jo 

i found they were more susceptible if they wilted when short of water

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