Pale Spike (Lobelia spicata)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Pale Spike
Lobelia spicata
Campanulaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    A tea made from the leaves is emetic[222]. A wash made from the stalks was used to treat neck and jaw sores[222].

    A tea made from the root was used in the treatment of trembling limbs – it was applied to scratches made in the limb[222].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    The plant is potentially poisonous[222]. It contains the alkaloid lobeline which has a similar effect upon the nervous system as nicotine[274].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring[200]. Basal cuttings in spring[1]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer. Layering in moist sand, it forms roots at the nodes[200].
Requires a moist soil, succeeding in full sun or partial shade[111, 187, 200].
Eastern N. America – New Brunswick to Minnesota.

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