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.
- ‘She grows low or trailing annuals like alyssum, lobelias, and petunias along the edges of the beds, with taller cosmos, poppies, and zinnias behind.’
- ‘Annual bedding plants such as lobelia, salvia, petunia and busy Lizzie can be started early.’
- ‘Petunias, vinca vine, blue lobelia and alyssum all filled out quickly to cover the box.’
- ‘At the moorland region, you find the giant groundsels and lobelias common in the high altitude mountain regions of eastern Africa.’
- ‘Herbal treatments may include garlic, eucalyptus, licorice, lobelia, marshmallow, red clover and saw palmetto.’
Modern Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist to James I.