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Lobelia puberula

Downy Lobelia

Scientific Name:

Lobelia puberula

Genus:

Lobelia

Species Epithet:

puberula

Common Name:

Downy Lobelia

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue

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

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Forests, openings (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Notes:

Items of note are that the blooms have one white mark (vs. two on Great Blue Lobelia), and the flowers seem be on one side; the plant is densely hairy.

Buds and Blooms

These plants were found in a fairly dry sewer easement, although it did puddle up in the tractor ruts.

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Stem with Buds

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Stem with Blooms

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Closeup of Blooms

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Raleigh-Durham area
© Tom Harville

Blooming Plants

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Black Mountain, late August
© MB Baumeister

Buds and Blooms

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Black Mountain, late August
© MB Baumeister

Closeup of Blooms

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Black Mountain, late August
© MB Baumeister

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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