Lobelia spicata var. spicata
Family: Campanulaceae
pale-spike lobelia, spiked lobelia
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, often sparsely hairy
Leaves: hairy, broadly-oblong to lance-like getting smaller towards the top
Flowers: blue to white, 5-parted, 1/4"-3/8" long, irregularly shaped, top lip 2-parted, lower lip 3-parted; inflorescence a crowded, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July
Fruits: not inflated
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods, meadows
Conservation Status: Native