Raceme of Giant Blue Lobelia Flowers

Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica

Giant Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica var. siphilitica)

Family: Bellflower family (Campanulaceae)
– Type: Herbaceous perennial
– Native Range: Americas
– Sun: Full sun to part shade
– Location: Burlington, NC
– Forage: Nectar
This features light to dark blue, tubular, 2-lipped flowers with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than the two lobes of the upper lip and a “milky” liquid the plant excretes. Pollinated by bees and bumblebees as they forage on nectar. Requires a pollination vector.