Plant ID forum: Lobelia inflata

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jul 19, 2015 12:22 PM CST
Currently blossoming in one of my garden beds. I wasn't able to get the camera to focus on the tiny blossoms, despite many attempts, so unfortunately it is a bit fuzzy but I'm hoping someone will be able to recognize it anyway. I almost think it looks like penstemon? or something else? Last season, I did sow some Penstemon tubaeflorus in that area, but this is a light lavender color rather than white, and very small. I've also sown fireweed in that area, but the blossoms don't look right for that.


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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jul 19, 2015 12:25 PM CST
You were probably just a little too close, back off a bit and see if if won't focus.
Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Jul 19, 2015 12:34 PM CST
thanks, Larry. I just realized that the lower half of the plant is in focus, and there is one blossom clearly visible.



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bamira
Jul 19, 2015 1:02 PM CST
the fruits are similar to the silene
http://luirig.altervista.org/schedenam/fnam.php?taxon=Silene...
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Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jul 19, 2015 1:10 PM CST
thanks, Bamira. It does look similar! have Alpine Catchfly, but it is pink and the blossoms open out. These blossoms seem to be shaped like tiny bells.
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 20, 2015 4:31 AM CST
The flower shape is similar to Lobelia siphilitica, so it could be in Campanulaceae.

Scroll to the bottom of the page where you will see a drawing of Lobelia urens, it shows a flower formation which must be a bud about to open, it looks similar to the one next to the lower flower.

http://luirig.altervista.org/floranam/lobelia.htm

There are inflated seed pods forming further up the stem where the flowers come from the main stem, those lower down have long stems shooting from a leaf base.

Check out Lobelia inflata ..

http://luirig.altervista.org/cpm/albums/britton-brown-5/brit...

http://luirig.altervista.org/cpm/albums/wett3/wett-5903-lobe...

http://www.mywildflowers.com/detail.asp?photo=2014/ahgh123#....

I can see the spikes coming from the inflated seed pods ...

http://shootingstarnursery.com/catalog/images/Lobelia%20infl...
Name: Catmint/Robin
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Mid-Atlantic Butterflies Forum moderator Native Plants and Wildflowers Bee Lover Echinacea
Region: Maryland Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 The WITWIT Badge
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Catmint20906
Jul 20, 2015 5:32 AM CST
thanks so much, Janet--it does look like Lobelia inflata! Thank You! Thumbs up

This is definitely a volunteer as I have never sown it! Well, it's pretty and I'll keep it. Smiling
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jul 20, 2015 5:45 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Smiling

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