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Product Description

Lobelia named after the 16th century herbalist, Matthias von Lobel

Sun Exposure               Prairie, Savanna
Soil Moisture Wet, Wet Mesic
Bloom Time

Summer, Fall                       July, August, September

Bloom Color Red
Max Height 5 feet
Wetland Code OBL
Germ Code  C(60), D
Seeds Per Packet  750
Seeds Per Ounce   400,000


Locally common in wet sites; prairie depressions, borders of prairie streams, moist thickets and moist open woodlands. Large leaves for the size of the plant (up to 7 inches). Brilliant red flowers bloom from mid-June to September. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall.

Native Americans made a tea from the roots to ease the pain of stomachaches and to treat typhoid and worms. The root tea was also an ingredient in "love potions". A tea made from the leaves of L. cardinalis was used for colds, croup, nosebleeds, fevers, headaches and rheumatism. The leaf tea was once thought to be a nerve tonic as well. It is a potentially toxic plant.

Edible Uses: Unknown

Medicinal Uses: Emetic, expectorant and nervine.

The root is analgesic, anthelmintic, antispasmodic and stomachic. A tea made from the roots has been used in the treatment of epilepsy, syphilis, typhoid, stomach aches, cramps, worms etc. A poultice of the roots has been applied to sores that are hard to heal. The leaves are analgesic and febrifuge. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of croup, nosebleeds, colds, fevers, headaches etc. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to the head to relieve the pain of headaches].

This species is considered to have similar medicinal activity to L. inflata, but in a milder form. It was seldom if ever used. The plant is used to make a homeopathic remedy. The report does not say which part of the plant is used, nor what it treats.

Herbal Uses: Unknown

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Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis on Mississippi River Wetland (01:08)
Earthyman views Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) in bloom on Mississippi River Wetland in Wisconsin
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