Indian Tobacco
Lobelia inflata L. (Campanulaceae)

Common Names
Indian tobacco, asthma weed, bladder pod, bladder-podded lobelia, emetic herb, emetic weed, eyebright, field lobelia, gagroot, Indian Tobacco lobelia, lobelia, obelia, pukeweed, tobacco lobelia, vomitwort, wild tobacco.

A branching annual that grows to 3 feet in height. Leaves are 1 to 3 inches long. Produces small, violet-pinkish-white flowers situated in axils of alternate leaves, the bottom of which greatly inflate in fruiting stage.

Flowering Period
July to September.

Weedy fields, roadsides, woods, and in partial shade.

Herb when in flower and forming seeds.

The herb yields lobeline sulfate, which is used in anti-tobacco therapy. It is also used as a stimulant, antiasthmatic, and expectorant in cases of bronchitis.

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