Indian tobacco, puke weed
Lobelioideae - Lobelia Family. A sub-family of Campanulaceae, or bellflower family.
Annual or biennial
Can grow to 3 or more feet tall.
Toothed, ovate, leaves up to 3 inches long.
Erect pubescent stems
Shallow fiberous root mass
Summer persisting into autumn
Violet flowers with yellow tinted interiors.
Sunny, well drained, disturbed, soils. Can sometimes be found in partially shaded areas.
Aerial parts of the plant
Wild Food Uses:
The following text is meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury.
The broncodilating properties of this plant make it an excellent choice for the the treatement of Asthma and other lung ailments. I recommend 3-20 drops of tinctured lobelia placed under the tongue to combat asthmatic attacks. In higher doses this plant does posess emetic properties. This means that it may cause nausea and vomiting in some people. Usually this is only in rather large doses though.
Antiasthmatic, Broncodilator, Emetic