Sometimes plants surprise you.
I recently came across this plant growing in front of the stone retaining wall of the parking pad. Ordinarily I would have considered any plant growing at the base of this wall a weed, but this plant had presence. I certainly hadn’t planted it, and none were growing in the soil inside the wall, but still…the flowers were such an attractive shade of blue. I felt like I had seen this plant before, somewhere.
I walked back towards the house. Halfway there, it hit me: lobelia! Sure enough, I consulted a few reference books and checked for images online, and confirmed that I had great blue lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) growing at the base of the stone wall.
What threw me is the plant’s location. Great blue lobelia is consistently described as needing moist to wet soil. There are certainly places on our property that I would describe as moist to wet, but this spot isn’t one of them. I really can’t figure out why it’s thriving here.
Posted for Wildflower Wednesday, created by Gail of Clay and Limestone, to share wildflowers/native plants no matter where you garden in the blogasphere. “It doesn’t matter if we sometimes show the same plants. How they grow and thrive in your garden is what matters most. It’s always the fourth Wednesday of the month!”