Lobelia, Official (Lobelia inflata) seeds, organic


Family: Lobelia (Lobeliaceae)

Hardy to Zones 4 to 9

(Official Lobelia, Indian Tobacco, Pukeweed)Overwintering annual or annual. Native to the central, southern, and eastern US. Diminutive plant with white flowers that have light-blue spots.  These flowers give way to the characteristic “inflated” seedpods. Traditional usage: Antispasmodic, purgative. Lobelias prefer part to full sun, rich, moist soil, much water. Short-lived seed. Light-dependent germinators. Sow seed in spring or fall. Sprinkle seed on surface, tamp securely and keep evenly moist and in the light until germination.  Average germ time in warm soils is 1 to 3 weeks. Water very gently.  Extra advice on lobelia inflata–if you’re really trying to grow a patch for production, it makes sense to follow the natural cycles for this plant.  In nature, germination is in the fall, after which the low-lying rosette overwinters, and flowers and goes to seed in the next spring to early summer.  If you try to grow it as a spring annual it will probably bolt to flower when the soils warm up in the summer and give very little yield.

Packet contains 1000 seeds
1 g contains ~18,000 seeds
5 g contains ~90,000 seeds
10 g contains ~180,000 seeds

Certified Organically Grown


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    Hello, I have some lobelia planted and am wondering the best way to harvest to make a tincture. I have your making plant medicine book and it says to use seeds to make acetous tincture. When is the best time to harvest them? Do you use the rest of the plant too? Is it better fresh or dried? The whole seed pod etc? Any additional guidance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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      Richo Cech

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      Hi Char,
      Glad you mentioned the book. Maybe check again, the answers are right there (pg 218). If you have fresh plant you can make a fresh plant tincture. Wait to harvest until seedpods begin to form. If you want to make a lobelia seed tincture (and this takes a lot of plants left to the point where they are scattering seed out of the pods) then shake the plants into a bucket and collect the seed that way and use the seed according to formula.

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