Soil: Hydric(Wet) to Mesic(Medium)
Sun: Full to Part
Color: Dark Blue to Lavender
Flowers: The 1" flowers are irregular and have 2 lips with 5 lobes. The 5 stamens make a tube around the style. The flowers bloom where the leaves meet the stem.
Leaves: The 2"-6" alternate leaves are toothed and oblong to lance shaped.
This is an excellent plant for a smaller rain garden. It is attractive to hummingbirds and makes a nice cut flower. This is also an excellent wildflower for shoreline restoration projects!
Medicinal Uses: Native Americans used it to treat cough, nosebleeds, headache, and colds. Once considered a cure for syphilis. The roots can cause vomiting.
Other Uses: It is very attractive to hummingbirds.
Name: Named for Matthias von Lobel, a 16th century Flemish herbalist.