Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a showy perennial, often in clusters, with lance-shaped leaves that crowd along the lower portion of its stem. Its red flowers form in a terminal spike on the upper stem, and each flower consists of three spreading lower petals and two upper petals that unite into a tube at the base. It is a short-lived perennial that may require replanting every few years, but it can also self-sow in the right conditions. It depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination as most insects find its tubular flowers difficult to navigate.
Soil Moisture: Moderate, Wet
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Height: 2' - 4'
Spread: 1' - 2'
Hardiness Zone: 3 - 9
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: July, August, September
Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
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