Etymology: Lobelia: after Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616), a Flemish botanist; also written as Matthias von Lobel
Plants: erect, perennial, 8"-40" tall forb, unbranched, delicate, often hairy especially toward the bottom
Leaves: hairy, broadly-oblong to lance-like getting smaller toward the top
Flowers: pale blue to white, 5-parted, 1/4"-3/8" long, irregularly shaped, top lip 2-parted, lower lip 3-parted; inflorescence a crowded, long, slender, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: not inflated
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods, meadows
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FAC 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 Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key. Illinois Wildflowers: Wonderful photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leaf arrangement key Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"