Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

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  • Dense spikes of brilliant red blooms in July - October
  • Offsets from lower leaves put down roots which become the plant next year
  • Full sun to full shade, moist to wet, humus- rich, sandy & clay soils
  • Natural habitat: low areas, woodlands edge, stream banks, roadsides, meadows
  • Short- lived perennial that self sows
  • Valued for its ornamental blooms and color
  • Attracts birds. Depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination

Height: 36-48 in
Spread: 24 in

Zone: 3-8
Color: Red

Characteristics & Attributes

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Pollinators
  • Attracts Humming-birds


  • Native
  • Mass Planting
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Naturalizing
  • Low Maintenance
  • RainGarden
  • Water's Edge / Bog Plant


  • Sun/ pt.shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Keep Well-Watered
  • Water Garden
  • Moist, Well-Drained

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