Contractions. - Lobel. Lo-i.
Nat. ord., Lobeliacae.
Fig. - Bigelow, Amer. Med. Bot., fig. 19.
Habitat. - Fields and roadsides from Canada to Southern States.
Flowering time. - From midsummer till autumn. Parts employed. - The whole plant.
Characters. - An annual or biennial herb, varying from 6 inches to 2 or 3 feet high. Root fibrous. Stem erect, in the full-sized plant much branched, angular, hairy. Leaves scattered, sessile, oval, serrate, veiny, and hairy. Flowers in spikes and racemes, pedunculated; corolla bluish-purple. Capsule ovoid, inflated, ten-ribbed. Seeds numerous, small, oblong, brown. The stem, when broken, emits a milky juice. Dried herb acrid.
Time for collecting. - When in flower and seed.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Hyg., xv.
Proper forms for dispensing. - φ and 1x, Tincture only. 1 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.