Family: Campanulaceae, Bellflower view all from this family
Description The thin stems of this small, graceful plant exude a milky sap when crushed.
Habit: native perennial herb.
Height: 4-12 in (10-30 cm)
Leaf: basal, round to egg- to heart-shaped; on stem, alternate, few, stalkless or clasping, linear to oblong.
Flower: small, pale blue to pale violet to pale pink, calyx with 5 uneven lobes; held in row on fragile stalk.
Fruit: inconspicuous oval capsule.
Warning The leaves, seeds, and roots of some plants of the Lobelia genus contain poisonous substances and have caused fatalities in humans and animals when ingested. All plants in the genus may contain toxins and should not be ingested. Sensitivity to a toxin varies with a personís age, weight, physical condition, and individual susceptibility. Children are most vulnerable because of their curiosity and small size. Toxicity can vary in a plant according to season, the plantís different parts, and its stage of growth; and plants can absorb toxic substances, such as herbicides, pesticides, and pollutants from the water, air, and soil.
Flower January to June.
Habitat Damp locations with sandy soil: pine savannas, flatwoods, swamps, bogs, swamps, stream banks, shorelines, ponds, forests in floodplains, ditches; also cultivated as an ornamental.
Range Peninsular Florida, from Collier and Palm Beach counties, north to Duval County and the Panhandle.
Discussion Also known as dwarf lobelia.