Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Lobelia cardinalis

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lobelia cardinalis L.


Lobelia cardinalis was named after the Belgian botanist, Mathias de L'Obel. He often used a "latinized" form of his name, Lobelius. The name cardinalis was inspired by the colour of the robes of the Roman Catholic cardinals.


Traditional name

Cardinal Flower
Red Lobelia

Used parts

The whole fresh plant


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Asteridae / Synandrae; Campanulales; Lobeliaceae


Original proving

There is a proving of Lob-c by S.D.R. Dubs, who took ten drops of the tincture in one dose. Dub's symptoms have been confirmed by a second proving by Kopp. The acrid properties of the plant were immediately felt by Dubs, in burning in mouth and throat, which lasted a long time. Sticking and pricking sensations in various parts, especially left chest and left hypochondrium. Oppression of breathing. Headache at base of occiput , worse by motion and shaking head; stiffness in nape. Throbbing and weakness in lower limbs. Most of the effects lasted two weeks, and it was three weeks before the appetite returned. There was thirst for cold water, which > burning in tongue and fauces. Many symptoms accurred at 8 a.m.. Sleepy but difficulty in sleeping.

Description of the substance

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Lobelia cardinalis

This plant has many brilliant, red, large, tubular flowers in an elongated cluster on a simple erect stalk which is 60-120 cm in height. The deep purplish stalk is thick, rigid and erect with little flexibility. The alternating leaves are medium-green and can grow as long as  25 cm. These leaves are also pointy at both ends and are lance shaped.
 When the Cardinal Flower blooms from late summer to mid-fall it draws attention because of its height and colour. Its scarlet flowers are two-lipped and tubular with anthers that extend out over the lower lip. Each flower can range in size from 30-45mm and contains five bright-red petals that are velvety in texture.

The Cardinal Flower can be found near damp shores, meadows, swamps, streams, ponds and wetlands. Tis species of the Bellflower familynot only enjoys moist conditions, it also prefers to grow ein either a full sun or light shade environment. It may also be found at an elevation  between 460m and 1590m