American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Lobelia, having terminal racemes of variously colored flowers with a bilabiate corolla.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, the type of natural order Lobeliaceæ, distinguished by having the corolla-tube split down almost to the base, without a spur, and with a capsule which is two-valved at the summit. The plants are herbs, rarely shrubby, with alternate leaves, and irregular five-parted flowers either axillary or in racemes. There are about 200 species, found in all warm and temperate regions, with the exception of central and eastern Europe and western Asia. Numerous species are cultivated for the beauty of their flowers, which are usually blue, scarlet, or purple. L. cardinalis is the cardinal-flower, and L. syphilitica is sometimes called the blue cardinal-flower. (See
cardinal-flower.) L. Dortmanna grows in the water of shallow lakes in northern Europe and America, and is called water-lobelia. L. coronopifoliais called buck's-hornon account of its forked leaves. L. Erinus of the Cape of Good Hope is the common little spreading lobelia of conservatories and gardens. L. fulgens and L. splendens from Mexico are conspicuous cultivated species. The officinal lobelia formerly employed as an emetic is L. inflata. It contains an acrid narcotic poison. It is a wide-spread American species.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
- n. A member of the genus Lobelia, flowering plants in the Lobeliaceae family containing many species, some of which are garden plants.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants, including a great number of species. Lobelia inflata, or Indian tobacco, is an annual plant of North America, whose leaves contain a poisonous white viscid juice, of an acrid taste. It has often been used in medicine as an emetic, expectorant, etc. Lobelia cardinalis is the cardinal flower, remarkable for the deep and vivid red color of its flowers.
- n. any plant or flower of the genus Lobelia
- New Latin Lobelia, genus name, after Matthias de Lobel (1538-1616), Flemish botanist and physician. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“For spasmodic coughs and whooping coughs, thyme is very effective as well, but it can be enhanced by giving five drops of tincture of lobelia, which is a powerful antipasmodic.”
“It works especially well for flowers with thin, delicate petals, such as lobelia, heather, campanula, and many herbs.”
“Very small seeds, such as lobelia and musk, should not be covered by earth, but a sheet of glass over the box is beneficial, as it keeps the moisture from evaporating too quickly.”
“I especially love white geraniums and have just potted up some with some blue lobelia as I love that Mediterranean colour combination.”
“Also potted a pink peony (my favourite flower as I recall I told you about) also with some blue lobelia.”
“Jillie leads me through an opening in the brush, a path lined with white knotweed and purple morning glories that opens up, just beyond the briers of blackberry vines that have long been picked clean by quail and finches, into a meadow lighted with goldenrod and sunlight against the rusty tops of tall grasses, striving against the subtle blues of the lobelia and the aggressive reds of jack-in-the-pulpits.”
“In smaller containers, I like to mix it up with a few things—lavender with annual lobelia and Agapanthus or Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' with Origanum and Salvia patens.”
“Beautifully constructed two years ago by the Dutch, it winds up from Kobo where it's sweaty-hot, to a pass where giant lobelia grow in profusion and an icy wind sweeps through the thin clothing of the shivering passengers on the truck.”
“Scads of petunias, lobelia, fancy begonias and geraniums, sweet potato vines, even a bromeliad.”
“I'm planting annuals, salvia, petunias, lobelia, and dusty miller, in a long built-in planter at the top of a ten-foot-high brick wall on the side of a long driveway.”
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