This is the only wild lobelia in Monterey County, and one of only two in California. Like Downingia and also like the cultivated lobelia, the blue flowers are bilateral. Each has three acute-tipped, ovate lower lobes. Also, 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). Its linear-lanceolate leaves have tiny, gland-tipped teeth. This plant is uncommon, found in various locations 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, included to show the similarities in structure.