Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

  • 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

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Characteristics & Attributes

Foliage Color:

» Green


» Sun/ Part Shade


» Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

» Summer