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Lobelia appendiculata (Pale lobelia)
Flaigg, Norman G.

Lobelia appendiculata

Lobelia appendiculata A. DC.

Pale Lobelia

Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The slender stem of the pale lobelia is erect, 14-24 inches tall, usually unbranched. The leaves, 1-1 1/2 inches long, are below the spike of flowers. Flowers are pale blue to white, about 5/8 inch long, growing directly on the stem. They are 2-lipped, tubular, and arranged loosely on a spike 6-15 inches long. The lower lip is 3-lobed and longer than the upper, which is 2-lobed and stands up like tufts of feathers above an owl’s eyes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Blue
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Usually pale blue to white, sometimes pinkish.


USA: AL , AR , KS , KY , LA , MS , OK , TN , TX

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1028 Collected 2007-05-20 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 248 - Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide (1984) Loughmiller, C. & L. Loughmiller

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Web Reference

Webref 84 - Southeastern Flora (2020) John R. Gwaltney
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-02-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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