Cardinal Flower

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