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Plant Details

Lobelia siphilitica

Great Blue Lobelia

Scientific Name:

Lobelia siphilitica

Common Name:

Great Blue Lobelia

Plant Family

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

blue

Size in Feet:

5

Light:

full sun

Soil Moisture:

sub hygric(*)

Bloom Time:

Ju; - Oct

Bloom Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Bottomlands, moist forests, ditches, wet meadows, streambanks (Weakley 2015).

Notes:

"This blue counterpart of the Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a most desirable plant for woodland gardens especially since it blooms bright blue in late summer. The unfortunate species name, siphilitica, is based on the fact that it was a supposed cure for syphilis." All parts poisonous. Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Blooms

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© Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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