Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)
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Family: Campanulaceae (Bluebell)
Height: 1 to 3 ft.
Blooms: June to October
Leaf Type: toothed
Bloom Size: 0.25 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Elongate clusters, Irregular blossoms
Location: Allegheny Highlands Trail
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Indian Tobacco may be easily confused with:
- Great Blue Lobelia
Lobelia flowers are much larger, and a bright blue. Indian tobacco flowers are very pale and tiny.
Folklore, History, and Other Facts
The following information is taken from my great-grandmother's copy of The Herbalist (1918). This information is presented for historic purposes only, as many remedies recommended by this book are toxic!
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.