Connecticut Plants
Water Lobelia
Lobelia dortmanna L.
  • Family: bellflower (Campanulaceae)
  • Habitat: shallow water or wet sandy soil at edges of ponds
  • Height: 1-3 feet
  • Flower size: 1/2 to 3/4 inch long
  • Flower color: pale blue
  • Flowering time: July to September
  • Origin: native
Lobelia dortmanna L.
Lobelia dortmanna L.
Lobelia dortmanna L.

Young damselflies (nymphs) have used this water lobelia to climb out of the water just before their metamorphosis into adults. The abandoned skins (light brown) of several nymphs still cling to the stem. If you look closely, you may be able to pick out a newly emerged adult damselfly (upper part of the stem on the right side).