Lobelia, Official (Lobelia inflata) seeds, organic

$3.95$34.10

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

Clear

Share your thoughts!

Let us know what you think...

What others are saying

  1. Question

    Deb

    How often can you take Lobelia. 1/2tsp gets me breathing again but I don’t know how often I can do it

    (0) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi deb, this is a matter to discuss with your naturopath. one thing that occurs to me is that overdose of lobelia causes one to vomit… richo

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

  2. One person found this helpful

    Question

    Char

    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!

    (1) (0)

    Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      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.
      Richo

      (2) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Shirley Vick (verified owner)

      I would appreciate some advice. I have Multiple Sclerosis and I have learned how to use Lobelia inflate to help with spasms and muscle rigidity. I have been purchasing Lobelia inflata but I know that growing my own is better. I am in Texas, zone 8. I have sprouted Lobelia inflata but the sprouts are not growing. I even pricked them out of the coconut coir and put them into a potting soil. I keep the soil moist but not too wel. I have the sprouts in a greenhouse. I would appreciate any advice. I make my “tincture” following Ricco’s formulat of both vinegar and vodka. Please help.

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Shirley, Tincturing fresh green lobelia is a good approach. You also have the option of making a tincture of the seeds, which at a 1:10 stretches pretty far, and it is strong. So look at getting lobelia seeds in bulk for the nonce. What you’re experiencing there with the plants not growing is just part of the natural cycling of the plant–it usually germinates and makes a rosette in the fall , overwinters and makes a nice flowering plant in the spring. So if you can match that cycle then you’ll have more success with growing it I think. That’s the way we do it here anyhow. richo

      (0) (0)

      Something wrong with this post? Thanks for letting us know. If you can point us in the right direction...

×

Login

Continue as a Guest