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Lobelia spicata (Palespike lobelia)
Smith, R.W.

Lobelia spicata

Lobelia spicata Lam.

Palespike lobelia, Pale-spike lobelia

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: LOSP

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A single, slender stem rises 1-2 ft. from pale-spike lobelia’s small rosette of basal foliage. The stem bears a delicate spike of pale-blue, two-lipped flowers. Small, bilaterally symmetrical, lavender to purplish-blue to bluish-white flowers in an elongated, slender, spike-like cluster; stem leafy, often reddish and hairy at base, smooth above. Pale-spike lobelia is a perennial.

This is a highly variable species with several varieties recognized by botanists.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , ON , SK
Native Distribution: S.e. Canada to Sask. & n.e. MT, s. to GA, AL, MS, LA & e. TX
Native Habitat: Prairies; open woodlands

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil Description: Moist to dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Benefit

Use Wildlife: Hummingbirds
Warning: The leaves, seeds, and roots of some plants of the Lobelia genus contain poisonous substances and have caused fatalities in humans and animals when ingested. All plants in the genus may contain toxins and should not be ingested. POISONOUS PARTS: All parts. Toxic only if eaten in large quantities. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, salivation, exhaustion and weakness, dilation of pupils, convulsions, and coma. Toxic Principle: Alkaloids lobelamine, lobeline, and others, plus a volatile oil. (Poisonous Plants of N.C.)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Hummingbirds

Propagation

Description: Scratch seeds lightly onto the soil surface. Use fresh or stratified seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Moist stratify for 2 months at 40 degrees.
Commercially Avail: yes

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC FAC FAC FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Crosby Arboretum - Picayune, MS

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lobelia spicata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lobelia spicata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lobelia spicata

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-07-06
Research By: TWC Staff

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