Thursday, September 6, 2012

Palespike Lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

August 18th, 2012. Again, along the Saxon-Norman-Broad road, I spotted two plants of Lobelia spicata (Palespike Lobelia) growing in the shade at the very edge of the roadway.

The spike

 Closer views of individual blooms

Lobelia spicata (Palespike Lobelia) is native to the United States where it’s found in from Maine west to Montana, and south through South Dakota to Texas. In Georgia, it’s found only in northern counties; it’s been documented as far south as Greene County.
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Identification resources:
- Name that Plant: Native and Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas and Georgia: Lobelia spicata (Spiked Lobelia, Pale Spiked Lobelia)
- Missouri Plants: Lobelia spicata

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Lobelia spicata (Palespike Lobelia)
- University of North Carolina Herbarium: Lobelia spicata

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