Definition of lobelia in English:

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Pronunciation: /lōˈbēlyə/


A chiefly tropical or subtropical plant of the bellflower family, in particular an annual widely grown as a bedding plant. Some kinds are aquatic, and some grow as thick-trunked shrubs or trees on African mountains.
  • Genus Lobelia, family Campanulaceae: many species, including the popular blue-flowered L. erinus.
Example sentences
  • Annual bedding plants such as lobelia, salvia, petunia and busy Lizzie can be started early.
  • She grows low or trailing annuals like alyssum, lobelias, and petunias along the edges of the beds, with taller cosmos, poppies, and zinnias behind.
  • Petunias, vinca vine, blue lobelia and alyssum all filled out quickly to cover the box.


Modern Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist to James I.

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Syllabification: lo·bel·ia

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