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Indian Tobacco
Lobelia inflata

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata) Other common names: Wild Tobacco

French names: Lobélie gonflée

Family: Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae)

Flowers: Summer, Autumn;  Blue/Violet;  Irregular flowers

Leaves: Alternate, Simple

Habitat: Forests

Grows in Sun/Shade: Shade

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 52   

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 114 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Indian Tobacco flowers.

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Closeup of an Indian Tobacco flower, and the pouch-like seed pod developing in the background.

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)


Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Indian Tobacco seed pods, for which the plant gets its name - they are asid to resemble the tobacco pouch of Indians.

Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

Range map for Indian Tobacco (Lobelia inflata)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)