Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflata) is a dainty native that starts out as a low, leafy rosette, then sends up 12- to 30-inch-tall stems with small, pale blue flowers. It quite often grows like a biennial, with the foliage appearing in fall, but it can also germinate in spring and flower the same year. Usually beginning in midsummer and continuing into fall, the flowers are followed by small, inflated seedpods. Indian tobacco self-sows once you get it started in your garden. Provenance is Milford Township, Bucks County, PA; the plants frequently pop up in my meadow and garden on their own, and I collected these seeds from those plants. Full sun to partial shade. Annual or biennial; Zones 3 or 4 to 9.
Collected in September and October 2020. At least 50 extremely small seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.