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Lobelia puberula

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Downy lobelia
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Wildflowers
Description:
Erect, annual or perennial herbs; leaves alternate, simple; flowers white, scarlet, or blue, 5-parted, tubular and irregular-shaped with 2 lips; fruit a capsule.
Season:
Late summer into fall
Height:
1-3 ft.
Foliage:
1 to 2 in. soft, hairy alternate leaves
Flower:
.75 in. blue flowers with white center; upper lip has two lobes and the lower lip has three lobes; flower spike is often one-sided
Site:
Woods, clearings; prefers wet sites
Poison Part:
All parts
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, exhaustion and weakness, dilation of pupils, convulsions, and coma
Toxic Principle:
Alkaloids lobelamine, lobeline, and others, plus a volatile oil
Severity:
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN
Found in:
Forest or natural area, in moist woods and fields, edge of streams; landscape, in flower gardens, cultivated herbaceous annuals and perennials
Life Cycle:
Perennial

NCCES plant id: 2646

Lobelia puberula Lobelia puberula
Fritz Flohr Reynolds, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Lobelia puberula Lobelia puberula
Vicki DeLoach, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0