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Lobelia siphilitica L. var. ludoviciana A.DC.
great blue lobelia
Lobelia: after Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616), a Flemish botanist; also written as Matthias von Lobel
siphilitica: because once thought to cure syphillis
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 1'-4' tall forb, mostly hairless|
|Flower: ||blue, 5-parted, 3/4"-1" long, irregularly shaped, top lip 2-parted, lower lip 3-parted; inflorescence a 4"-12" crowded, spike-like cluster (raceme) of 6-20 stalked flowers; blooms Aug.-Sept.|
|Leaf:||thin, mostly oblong, narrowing towards the stalkless base, usually less than 3/4" wide|
|Habitat: ||full to partial sun; wet to moist; meadows, streambanks, shores; in sandy, loamy soil|