Etymology: Lobelia: after Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616), a Flemish botanist; also written as Matthias von Lobel
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, mostly hairless
Leaves: basal leaves rounded at the tip and narrowing towards the base, stem leaves linear
Flowers: deep blue to white, 5-parted, 1/4"-1/2" long, irregularly shaped, top lip 2-parted, lower lip 3-parted; inflorescence a loose, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms July-Sept.
Habitat: wet; bogs, shores, meadows; in limy soil
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 9, Wetland Indicator = OBL Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USGS - Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center: Wetland Plants and Plant Communities of Minnesota and Wisconsin Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"