Native to the eastern half of the United States, from Kansas and Nebraska to the entire east coast. Lobelia is an annual; it completes its life cycle during one season but will re-seed. It is common in moist or sometimes dry open to somewhat shaded and often disturbed ground.
The small flowers attract small bees.
Used fresh or dry for asthma, bronchitis, sore throats and coughs. Native use as an entheogenic herb. Antispasmodic, expectorant and respiratory stimulant. Low dose botanical, excess doses induce vomiting and respiratory failure. Lobeline helps people give up smoking tobacco. Light blue 1/4" flowers followed by inflated pods, annual growth to 1 - 3”. Plant is harvested when lower fruits are ripe, used fresh or dried. Delicate violet flowers with yellow tints on the inside. Also known as Indian Tobacco, Asthma Weed, Pukeweed and Eyebright. Contains alkaloids and can be toxic.