Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Lobelia (Indian Tobacco) (Lobelia inflata): Images

Date Location Notes Images
July 4 - July 7, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire The tiny violet Lobelia flower reminds me of the small Canada Toadflax (Linaria canadensis) flower, but the full large leaves make the plant look completely different. I did not realize that this is the herb, Lobelia, as my guidebooks mostly had it listed as Indian Tobacco.

The upper corolla (petal area of the flower) consists of two small lobes that point upwards. The lower corolla consists of three small lobes that point outwards. The flower is blue to violet. The leaves are light green and alternate on a hairy stem. The back of the leaves are somewhat shiny and grayish green. It can be found in disturbed fields.

When I went back to the field with Lobelia two days after I took most of these pictures, most of the Lobelia flowers had fallen off, making it harder to identify the plant.