The very slender, erect, wand-like spikes of this pale-flowered Lobelia are found here and there in grassy meadows when the soil is dry and sandy, from June to August. The perennial or biennial, brittle leafy stalk is minutely hairy below and is noticeably • twisted. It is stained with red inside the leaf joints, and grows from one to four feet high. The rather thick, pale green leaves are often irregularly notched. The short-stemmed basal ones are tufted, and are broad-oval shaped, with very blunt, rounding tips. The upper ones clasp the stalk alternatingly, and are oblong or lance-shaped, and smaller and more acutely pointed. The small, two-lipped, pale blue flowers are scattered along the spike for some distance. The lower lip is three-parted with two white swellings at the throat, and the smaller upper lip is divided by the cleft that separates the tube its entire length. The parts are all sharply pointed and flaring. The green calyx is five-parted. This species is found from North Carolina, Louisiana, and Arkansas to Canada.