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Plant Details

Lobelia puberula

Downy Lobelia

Scientific Name:

Lobelia puberula

Common Name:

Downy Lobelia

Plant Family

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Size in Feet:

2.5

Light:

Sun, Part-sun

Soil Moisture:

Mesic -Hygric(*)

Bloom Time:

July - August - September - October

Bloom Area:

Statewide (Mountains, Piedmont, Coast)

Habitat Description:

Forests, openings (Weakley 2015).

Notes:

Items of note are that the blooms have one white mark (vs. two on Great Blue Lobelia), and the flowers seem be on one side; the plant is densely hairy.

Buds and Blooms

These plants were found in a fairly dry sewer easement, although it did puddle up in the tractor ruts.

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Stem with Buds

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Stem with Blooms

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Blooms

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Blooming Plants

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Black Mountain, late August
© MB Baumeister

Buds and Blooms

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Black Mountain, late August
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

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Black Mountain, late August
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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