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Plant Details

Lobelia inflata

Indian-tobacco, Indian Tobacco

Scientific Name:

Lobelia inflata

Genus:

Lobelia

Species Epithet:

inflata

Common Name:

Indian-tobacco, Indian Tobacco

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Annual (Herbs Only)

Plant Family

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October, November

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Fields, meadows, gardens, open woodlands, disturbed areas (Weakley 2015). Common in NC Mountains and Piedmont; rare in the Coastal Plain.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Annual (Herbs Only)

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Flower Spike

image

Black Mountain, mid July 2004
© MB Baumeister

Plant in Bud and Bloom

It is about 2 feet tall

image

Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

The stem is slightly hairy. Note the long sepals.

image

Black Mountain
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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