Germination: requires light for germination, surface sow and keep moist
Discover the unique Lobelia tupa Devil's tobacco, a species of Lobelia native to central Chile. This evergreen perennial plant can grow up to 4m tall and thrives in dry soils. Its grey-green foliage with felty elliptical leaves produces red, tubular and 2-lipped flowers in a sympodium pattern. With numerous ethnobotanical uses due to its pharmaceutically active alkaloids, the latex is used as an abortifacient, while the large, felty leaves are smoked as a narcotic with possible hallucinogenic effects. Its addictive properties come from Lobeline, which helps overcome nicotine addiction. However, it should be used carefully as side effects can include sweating, vomiting, mental confusion, and even death. Lobelia tupa is an intriguing, captivating addition to any garden.