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Lobelia cardinalis - Cardinal Flower

Image of Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) taken by Allendan Seed Company
SKU: 99
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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



Lobelia is a genus of 415 species of annual and perennial flowering plants that range in different sizes, colors, and habitats. There are many species that do not seem similar to each other, but they all have alternate leaves, and two-lipped flowers with five lobes. They have become popular in ornamental gardens due to their dense, and unique flowering heads with vibrant colors. They are known to highly attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and swallowtails.

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