This is the only wild lobelia in Monterey County, and one of only two in California. As in Downingia and the cultivated lobelia, the blue flowers are bilateral. Each has three acute-tipped, ovate lower lobes. There are two smaller, narrow, almost vertical upper lobes, which may curve back. Unlike Downingia, lobelia flowers are clearly pedicelled, with narrow and widely spreading calyx lobes (as in the cultivated lobelia). Its linear-lanceolate leaves have tiny, gland-tipped teeth. This plant is uncommon, found in the Santa Lucia Mountains (including Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park), but nowhere else north of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. The right hand photo is the cultivated lobelia, showing the similarities in structure.