Oct. 10, 2021

downy lobelia, Lobelia puberula

I have limited experience with downy lobelia. The ones I have seen have been very variable. This one from the last Ohio trip is the deepest color I've seen. The one on the blog page is the lightest. Flowers have varied in length from about a quarter inch to these, which are close to three times that long. The plants may vary from almost smooth to quite downy. In any case, they're eye catching enough to occasionally show up in gardens. They are wild in AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IL IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NJ, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, and WV. Adams Co OH, 10/2/21. Bellflower family, Campanulaceae.