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Downy Lobelia

Lobelia puberula


Plant Type: This is a herbaceous plant, it is a perennial which can reach 122cm in height (48inches). The stem is usually covered with soft short hairs. Leaves: The leaves are alternate. Leaves can reach 10cm in length (4inches). Each leaf generally has small teeth often irregularly spaced. They may be hairy especially the underside. Flowers: The flowers are irregular in shape and are up to 2cm long (0.75 inches). They are blue with white centers sometimes pinkish or completely white. Blooms first appear in late summer and continue into mid fall. The flowers have a white 'eye' and are very slightly fenestrate on each side near the base. Habitat: Woods. Range: All of the eastern U. S. South of the great lakes region.


Habitat: Woods. Range: All of the eastern U. S. South of the great lakes region


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artistatheart 11 years ago


You were correct in that it is a lobelia but not siphilitica.

jinxieruthie 11 years ago

I think it's Lobelia siphilitica (blue cardinal flower) after all. However, I don't think the leaves in the fourth picture belong to the plant in question. I think they were perhaps just in the shot by accident. Either way, beautiful pictures!

J-Lynn 12 years ago


artistatheart 12 years ago

Aarongunnar, I dont think this is a match with the Lobelia siphilitica.

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Alabama, USA

Spotted on Oct 31, 2008
Submitted on Sep 16, 2011

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