Lobelia deckenii ssp. keniensis is the variety of Lobelia deckenii that lives on Mount Kenya, between 3,300 and 4,600 m (10,800 and 15,100 ft). It is eaten less by rock hyrax than Lobelia telekii, which occurs more often in hyrax habitat.
Lobelia Growing Guide Crop Rotation Group. Miscellaneous Soil. Fertile, well-drained soil, or use containers. Position. Full sun to partial shade. Frost tolerant. Limited. Lobelia can take cool weather but is easily damaged by frost. Feeding. Mix a standard application of a balanced organic fertiliser into the soil prior to planting.
This spectacular species is a Giant Lobelia found only in the high mountains of East Africa, between 3800 and 4300 meters. The beauty of Lobelia deckenii is its incredible ability to adapt to both a vicious climate and the hyrax (a small furry ravenous herbivore).
One such species is Lobelia deckenii ssp. keniensis, endemic to Mount Kenya in the mountains of East Africa. It is characterised by many rosettes of leaves interconnected by underground rhizomes. Each rosette increases in size and height over many years until reaching maturity and flowering.