Lobelia inflata

Lobelia inflata

name = "Lobelia inflata"

image_width = 240px
image_caption = 1887 illustration
regnum = Plantae
divisio = Magnoliophyta
classis = Magnoliopsida
ordo = Campanulales
familia = Lobeliaceae/Campanulaceae
subfamilia = Lobelioideae
genus = "Lobelia"
species = "L. inflata"
binomial = "Lobelia inflata"
binomial_authority = L.

"Lobelia inflata" (Indian Tobacco) is a species of "Lobelia" native to eastern North America, from southeastern Canada (Nova Scotia to southeast Ontario) south through the eastern United States to Alabama and west to [Kansas] also found in the rainforests.Germplasm Resources Information Network: [http://www.ars-grin.gov/cgi-bin/npgs/html/taxon.pl?22466 "Lobelia inflata"] ]

It is an annual or biennial herbaceous plant growing to 15–100 cm tall, with stems covered in tiny hairs. Its leaves are usually about 8 cm long, and are ovate and toothed. It has violet flowers that are tinted yellow on the inside, and usually appear in mid summer and continue to bloom into fall.Caldecott, T. "Western Materia Medica": [http://www.toddcaldecott.com/pdf%20files/publications/Western%20herbs/Lobelia.pdf "Lobelia inflata" (pdf file)] ]

Cultivation and uses

"Lobelia inflata" has a long use as an entheogenic substance. The plant was widely used by the Penobscots and was widely used in the New England even before the time of Samuel Thomson who was credited as discovering it. Indian Tobacco is still used today. The most potent part of the plant is the seed as it contains the most lobeline, the main ingredient which gives the plant its pyschoactive property. It is sold widely in online herbal shops, and is prized among ethneogen users. Its taste is reminiscent of real tobacco, acrid and burning, and it promotes the heavier flow of saliva. A common misconception is that when smoked it yields a euphoric "high" like feeling, when it actually produces a more relaxant like effect. It can be used fresh, or dry.

"Lobelia inflata" is also used by herbalists for treatment of asthma, hence its other nickname, asthma weed. Some make ointments of the plant to use externally.

It is also said that plant material is burned as a natural bug repellent to keep away insects such as mosquitoes.


Propagation is usually accomplished by cuttings or seed. Seeds are sown in containers in mid spring or mid fall. The seeds take about 2 weeks to germinate.



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