Lobelia spicata is a perennial found in areas such as Eastern N. America - New Brunswick to Minnesota. A member of the Campanulaceae family, Lobelia spicata Lam is also known by its common name of Pale Spike. The perennial can grow to a height of 1 meters and up to 0.25 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Dry mostly sandy soils in fields, meadows, glades and thickets., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .
Pale Spike is a zone 4 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Pale Spike is 1A tea made from the leaves is emetic. A wash made from the stalks was used to treat neck and jaw sores. A tea made from the root was used in the treatment of trembling limbs - it was applied to scratches made in the limb.
Lobelia spicata is 0 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 6 - 8.
Known hazards of the plant: . The plant is potentially poisonous. It contains the alkaloid lobeline which has a similar effect upon the nervous system as nicotine.
Cultivation tips: Requires a moist soil, succeeding in full sun or partial shade[111, 187, 200].
. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. 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. Basal cuttings in spring. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 centimeters 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.