* Flowers blue to purple, sometimes striped with white and with a white
center. 2 narrow lobes above, 3 wider lobes forming a lip below.
* Flowers always ascend stem of plant; some species have flower spikes
while others alternating leaves and flowers.
* Leaves ovate, sometimes toothed, sometimes pointed.
* Height: 4"-3'.
* Flowers June - October, usually mid to late summer.
* Habitat: Open woodlands, meadows, bogs, shores, pond edges. Often cultivated
* Range: Throughout northeastern North America.
* Lobeline, one of 14 alkaloids in the lobelia plant, satisfies the need
for nicotine without being addictive, and is used in lozenges and gum
designed to help smokers quit their habit. Native Americans, however,
often smoked lobelia leaves for asthma, bronchitis, sore throats, and