Lobelia inflata
(Indian Tobacco)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Indian Tobacco, Puke Weed
    Lifespan: Annual
    Zones: N/A
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - October
    Status: Native

Lobelia inflata, or Indian Tobacco, is a native annual that can be found in the eastern United States. It grows in sandy open fields and prairies, along woodland edges, and in open woods. It often grows in dry soil, but is sometimes seen in moist locations as well. The plant can either come up in the fall and overwinter as a rosette, or it can come up in spring and bloom later in the season.

This Lobelia has small pale flowers, which distinguishes it from most other species in its genus. The only closely similar species is Lobelia spicata, which is a perennial and has larger flowers, narrower leaves and the leaves on its stems are far more sparse, as well.

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