Photographer: Merel R. Black
Lobelia spicata Lam.
pale-spike lobelia, spiked lobelia
Lobelia: after Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616), a Flemish botanist; also written as Matthias von Lobel
|Plant: ||erect, perennial, 8"-40" tall forb, unbranched, delicate, often hairy especially toward the bottom|
|Flower: ||pale blue to white, 5-parted, 1/4"-3/8" long, irregularly shaped, top lip 2-parted, lower lip 3-parted; inflorescence a crowded, long, slender, spike-like cluster (raceme) of stalked flowers; blooms June-July|
|Leaf:||hairy, broadly-oblong to lance-like getting smaller toward the top|
|Habitat: ||dry; prairies, woods, meadows|