Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2026

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in Coastal Plain (uncommon to rare elsewhere)

Look for it in flatwoods, bogs, savannas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal leaves frequently absent at flowering)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue/ Bluish-white
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla
5 stamens, completely united
Flowers in a terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lobelia nuttallii   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia nuttallii   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 178-06-011:
Lobelia nuttallii   FAMILY Campanulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Nuttall's Lobelia


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image of Lobelia nuttallii

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lonu_001_lvd

        

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm170520_914

May    Sumter County    SC

Lynchburg Savanna Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm170520_914b

May    Sumter County    SC

Lynchburg Savanna Heritage Preserve

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm120804_162

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Flowers 3/8" long, light blue w white center & 2 greenish spots on lower lip, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm120804_165

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Stem leaves linear, narrowly elliptic to narrowly oblanceolate, 1-4mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm120804_166

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm120804_280

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm0509b_05

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Lobelia nuttallii

JK Marlow    jkm060903_012

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Calyx lobes linear to lanceolate, 1.5-3mm long, entire, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.