Wild Florida Photo
Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A common herbaceous perennial of wet flatwoods, swamps and bogs throughout nearly all of Florida. The range extends throughout the southeastern coastal states from Mississippi to Maryland.
The blue to lavender zygomorphic flowers are two lipped. The upper lip is split longitudinally with the tips reflexed. The lower lip is three-lobed with a pale or white center and a hairy throat. The calyx has five narrow hariy lobes with gland-tipped teeth. Growing to a meter (~3 ft.) tall with a smooth stem and linear to lanceolate leaves less than a centimeter wide, the margins entire or with small gland-tipped teeth.
The sap of most lobelias is poisonous and can cause vomiting and death in humans if ingested. The toxicity level varies widely between and even within the various species.
Other species of the Lobelia genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Lobelia amoena var. glandulifera - SOUTHERN LOBELIA
View Lobelia amoena - SOUTHERN LOBELIA
View Lobelia cardinalis - CARDINALFLOWER
View Lobelia paludosa - WHITE LOBELIA
View Lobelia brevifolia - SHORTLEAF LOBELIA