lobelia

noun
lo·​be·​lia | \ lō-ˈbēl-yə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) , -ˈbē-lē-ə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) \

Definition of lobelia

1 : any of a genus (Lobelia of the family Lobeliaceae, the lobelia family) of widely cultivated plants having terminal clusters of showy lipped flowers
2 : the leaves and tops of Indian tobacco

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Recent Examples on the Web Instead plant shade-tolerant perennial geranium, lady’s mantle, hellebore, bleeding heart, coral bell, hydrangea, begonia, annual lobelia, astilbe, and Japanese anemone. Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 Or try native woodland wildflowers such as perennial lobelia, mayapple, columbine, thalictrum, amsonia, blood root, Solomon seal, and phlox. Boston.com Real Estate, "Ask the Gardener: Tips for ridding your lawn of creeping Charlie," 21 Aug. 2019 Along with new insect and fish species, staff at the Australian National Herbarium also named six new plant species, including two daises, two orchids, a lobelia and a trumpet vine. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "‘Game of Thrones’ character inspires name for new species of bee fly," 13 Feb. 2019 Where other primates might scamper up trees to flee, the tallest vegetation here is often giant lobelia and torch lilies. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "These tough-looking monkeys eke out a living at 11,000 feet," 28 Mar. 2019 The numerous varieties of flowering plants like impatiens, spikes, lobelia and mums, have been carefully cultivated and timed to be ripe with color just as the seasons change. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "The plant you give Mom on Mother's Day likely has local roots (photos)," 13 May 2018 Flower to start from seeds: lobelia, pansies, rhodochitons, fibrous begonias, foxglove and hollyhock. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Readers ask: Seedlings, compost and overgrown orchids," 9 Mar. 2018 These include lobelia, pansies, rhodochitons, fibrous begonias, foxglove and hollyhock, all of which can be found on local seed racks and most of which come in several different varieties. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Here are the plants you need to start now for them to be ready for summer," 2 Mar. 2018 Cyclamen, foxglove, nicotiana, forget-me-not, lobelia and primrose are good for the shadier spots (about two hours of direct sun or dappled light). NOLA.com, "29 flowering plants to add to your fall garden in South Louisiana," 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of lobelia

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lobelia

New Latin, from Matthias de Lobel †1616 Flemish botanist

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“Lobelia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobelia. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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lobelia

noun
lo·​be·​lia | \ lō-ˈbēl-yə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) , -ˈbē-lē-ə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) \

Medical Definition of lobelia

1 capitalized : any of a genus (Lobelia of the family Lobeliaceae, the lobelia family) of widely distributed herbaceous plants (as Indian tobacco)
2 : the leaves and tops of Indian tobacco used especially formerly as an expectorant and antispasmodic

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