Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


856

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common (rare in NC Piedmont)

Look for it in bottomlands, moist forests, ditches, wet meadows, streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal usually withered by flowering)

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica   FAMILY Campanulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica   FAMILY Campanulaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 178-06-002:
Lobelia siphilitica   FAMILY Campanulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Great Blue Lobelia


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image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm120815_567

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm120815_570

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves elliptic to lanceolate or oblanceolate, irregularly crenate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm120815_574

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm120815_574b

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

1" bright blue flowers with a white throat stripe, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm120815_578

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm140906_312

September    Jackson County    NC

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm140906_312b

September    Jackson County    NC

Lobelia lvs w obscure whitish callus-tipped & oft irregular or divergent teeth, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lobelia_siphilitica

September        

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lobelia_siphilitica_3

September        

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

Steve Marlow    snm140906_035b

September    Jackson County    NC

Creekside/Riverside

Calyx lobes 6-12mm long, denticulate & ciliate, base auriculate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

Steve Marlow    snm140906_035c

September    Jackson County    NC

Creekside/Riverside

The corolla tube is somewhat inflated and has several darker blue lines, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

Steve Marlow    snm140906_037

September    Jackson County    NC

Creekside/Riverside

image of Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

JK Marlow    jkm111008_901

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve