Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


857

Forb
Perennial
Has milky sap (latex)

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

Uncommon

Look for it in meadows, woodlands, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Light blue to 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

 

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

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

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

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 178-06-007:
Lobelia spicata   FAMILY Campanulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Spiked Lobelia, Pale Spiked Lobelia


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image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lobelia_spicata_7

June        

image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lobelia_spicata_7b

June        

image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140718_947

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves mainly on stem, basal lvs absent or if present no larger than stem lvs, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140718_947b

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves oblong, oblanceolate to elliptic, obtuse, base cuneate, mostly sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140718_950

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers borne in a slender, crowded, terminal raceme, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140718_950b

July    Spartanburg County    SC

Flowers 9-12mm long, light blue to white; anthers pale bluish-gray, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Lobelia spicata var. spicata

JK Marlow    jkm140718_973

July    Spartanburg County    SC