Lobelia spicata (Spiked Lobelia) - photos and description

Lobelia spicata

Lobelia spicata
15 cm ruler for scale

Lobelia spicata

Lobelia spicata
Stem leaf in above photo

General: Upright, slender, unbranched plants with a spike of white flowers. Stem sparsely hairy.

Flowers: Flowers are snow white, irregular in shape, with a 3-lobed lower lip. Begins flowering in July.

Leaves: Leaves alternate, oblong, reduced in size upwards on stem. We measured a leaf at 3.5 cm long and 9 mm wide. Leaves finely hairy, minute hairs on top, bottom and margins.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 100 cm, we measured plants to 43 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist prairie in the parklands.

Abundance: Uncommon.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Took the above photos July 1st in moist grassland about 70 km southeast of our home in Regina, SK.