Connecticut Plants
Lobelia inflata L.

This is the most common lobelia in Connecticut. As the seed pod develops, it swells into a ball, hence the species name "inflata." These inflated seedpods are the best identifying mark for Indian-tobacco. Note also the small, widely spaced flowers (which distinguish it from spiked lobelia), and the broad leaves (which distinguish it from brook lobelia.

  • Family: bellflower (Campanulaceae)
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides, open woods
  • Height: 6-30 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 inch long
  • Flower color: pale blue-purple
  • Flowering time: July to October
  • Origin: native
Lobelia inflata L.