“Biological diversity is the key to the maintenance of the world as we know it.”
~ E.O. Wilson, Biodiversity
Milky sap in stem and leaves: basal leaves lack stalks; margin and upper leaf surface smooth or with short hairs; leaf margin with minute teeth
To 3 feet
Flower color is variable, light or dark violet, light or dark blue or lavender, rarely white. Leaves are alternate, light green, narrow lance-shaped
A short-lived perennial, it occurs in moist habitats throughout Missouri. Rarely used in seeding mixes because seed is never in large supply. Blue lobelia reseeds in wetland and riparian sites.