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Cardinal Flower

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is an easy-to-please plant with vivid red summer blooms. Read how to grow cardinal flower.
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

The shape and color of cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds to the garden.

Common name: Cardinal flower

Botanical name:Lobelia cardinalis

Virtues: Long bloom time, from midsummer into autumn. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.

Flowers: Spikes of bright red flowers rise above the plant from July to September. Flowers face outward and slightly up, making them ideal feeding stations for hummingbirds. White- and rose-colored varieties exist. A related species, Lobelia siphilitica, has blue flowers.

Habit: Clumping herbaceous perennial, 2 to 4 feet tall and half as wide.

Season: Summer.

Origin: Damp to wet areas, such as stream banks, swamps and damp woods, of the eastern half of North America.

Cultivation: Grow in partial shade, in moist soil. Tolerates wet soil. Individual plants are short lived but in good conditions they will spread by self-sowing. Tolerates more sun in cool climates. USDA Zones 3–9.

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