Lobelia inflata is an annual or biennial herbaceous plant.


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About Lobelia infata

Lobelia inflata is a species of Lobelia native to eastern North America, from southeastern Canada south through the eastern United States to Alabama and west to Kansas. It is unbranched, or branches occasionally in the upper half.

The angular stems have bristly white hairs; these hairs are less abundant on the upper stems. The alternate leaves are becoming smaller as they lowering Spike ascend the stems. They are lanceolate to ovate in shape and crenate or bluntly dentate along the margins. The central stem terminates in a spike-like raceme of flowers that extends to about one-half the length of the plant.

Plant Specifications

*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Indian tobacco, puke weed
Maximum Reachable Height 18 to 24 inches
Flower Colour Light blue-violet, light purple, or white
Bloom Time Summer to Fall
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Once established, the Lobelia plant requires little maintenance.
  • During hot, dry periods, care of lobelia requires that the plant should receive frequent watering, however, especially those in containers.
  • A general-purpose liquid fertilizer can be given once a month or every four to six weeks if desired.

    Lobelia infata care

    Annual lobelia will grow nearly anywhere. Lobelia seeds can be sown directly in the garden or indoors for later transplanting. These plants typically require an area with full sun but will tolerate partial shade. They also prefer moist, rich soil. Start indoors about 10 to 12 weeks prior to the last frost in your region. Spread the tiny seeds just on top of the soil and water thoroughly. Place them in a warm, well-lit area.

    Sunlight Full Sun to Partial Shade
    Watering Medium
    Soil Loam, clay loam, or rocky
    Temperature 20 degrees C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer

    Lobelia infata uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • The plant is used for an ornamental purpose

    Medicinal Use:

    • Lobelia inflata is an herb that is used to treat asthma, allergies, whooping cough, congestion, and bronchitis
    • In the past, it was also useful for tobacco withdrawal as an herbal remedy to quit smoking
    • Lobelia inflata has a long use as a medicinal plant, as an entheogenic, emetic, and a dermatological and respiratory aid
    • Note: Please consult your health expert

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    What is another name for a Lobelia infata ?

    Lobelia infata is commonly known as Indian tobacco, puke weed

    How tall do Lobelia infata grow?

    On average Lobelia infata grows 18 to 24 inches

    What color are Lobelia infata ?

    A Lobelia infata plant bears flowers of color Light blue-violet, light purple, or white

    When Lobelia infata blooms?

    With enough light, Lobelia infata may produce Light blue-violet, light purple, or white flowers in Summer to Fall

    How hard is Lobelia infata to grow?

    A Lobelia infata is Easy to grow

    How much sunlight does a Lobelia infata need?

    A Lobelia infata prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade

    How much water does a Lobelia infata need?

    A Lobelia infata prefers watering Medium

    What kind of soil does a Lobelia infata need?

    A Lobelia infata prefers Loam, clay loam, or rocky

    What temperature does a Lobelia infata like?

    A Lobelia infata prefers 20 degrees C

    How often should I fertilize my Lobelia infata ?

    To encourage Lobelia infata growth, Apply any organic fertilizer


    Monday, 28 October 2019

    ?What if i keep this plant in the office where it is AC? Will it survive there?

    Divya Kuchibhotla

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