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Glade Lobelia Lobelia Glandulosa

Glade lobelia is a native perennial found in the Atlantic coastal plain from Florida to southeastern Virginia.  In Florida, it is found throughout the state.  This plant likes moist soil habitats such as wet prairies, wet pinelands, marshes and swamps.

This plant emerges in the spring as a basal rosette of leaves.  By summer, the flower stalk appears.  This stalk can grow to a height of 2-3 feet and is usually not branched.  Linear or lanceolate leaves grow alternately along the stalk and are well spaced.  These leaves can be 1-6 inches long and less than 0.4 inch wide.  They have small gland-tipped teeth along the margins.

The flowers grow in a one-sided, uncrowded raceme of up to 20 flowers, but often fewer than 10.  They vary in color from pink to lavender to blue.  Each flower  has two “lips.”  The upper lip has two fused petals , which are curved backward.  The lower lip has three fused petals and is covered with a fine whitish hair that extends into the throat of the flower.  The flowers are about 0.5 inch wide and 1 inch long.  They bloom in late summer and fall.  However, in southern Florida, they bloom year round.

The photos on this page were taken in the Babcock-Webb WMA  in Charlotte County.  Additional information on this plant may be found by clicking on the following links:

     Atlas of Florida Plants

     USDA PLANTS Database

     Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center