The only wild lobelia to be found in Monterey County (and one of only two in the whole of California). Like Downingia and also like the cultivated lobelia, the blue flowers are bilateral. Each has three acute-tipped ovate lower lobes and two smaller, narrow, almost vertical and sometimes swept-back upper lobes. Unlike Downingia, the flowers are clearly pedicelled, with narrow and widely spreading calyx lobes (as in the cultivated lobelia). The plant is leafy with linear-lanceolate leaves with tiny, gland-tipped teeth. The plant is uncommon, found in various locations in the Santa Lucia Mountains (including Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park) and, interestingly, nowhere else north of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The right hand photo is the cultivated lobelia, included to show the similarities in structure.