Lobelia canbyi
Canby's lobelia

Lobelia canbyi
Lobelia canbyi
Photo courtesy Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Lobelia canbyii
Common name: Canby's lobelia
Group: dicot
Family: Campanulaceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 12 - 40"
Foliage: leaves linear 3/8-2", toothless. Distinguished from the more common L. nuttallii by the inflated ovary.

difference between Lobelia canbyi and Lobelia nuttallii

Flower: blue to purple flowers on racemes 4-12", bracts at base of flower-stalk
Flowering time: late July- September
Habitat: wet sandy spots in Pine barrens, reaching northern limit of its range
Range in New Jersey: central Pine barrens
Heritage ranking, if any: S3; CMP; Endangered in Maryland and Threatened in Tennessee
Misc. more robust and taller species than Lobelia nuttallii.
for Wm. M. Canby, 1831-1904, Delaware botanist who avidly studied Pine Barrens flora.
bee pollinated.