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Lobelia spicata

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Pale-spike lobelia, Spiked 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:
Summer into fall
Height:
1-4 ft.
Foliage:
1 to 3.5 in. lance-shaped or narrowly ovate, nearly toothless, light green basal leaves; simple stem is densely downy toward the base but smooth above
Flower:
Elongated, slender spikelike cluster of small pale purplish blue to bluish white flowers; two narrow lobes above and three wider lobes below that form a lip
Site:
Meadows, fields, thickets, dry sandy soil
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: 2648

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