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Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower


If you love seeing hummingbirds float around flowers and feeders, you should have Lobelia cardinalis at the top of your must-have list. Named “Cardinal Flower” for the vibrant red blossoms, this showy perennial stands out.


The long, tubular blossom shape makes it a favorite of hummingbirds, and the flower is dependent on them for pollination. While L. cardinalis prefers moist to wet soils, it can grow in areas that tend more to dry, although it isn’t the ideal location and you won't see the full potential of this plant.


The best option would be along the edge of a woodland garden, where bright colors aren’t always typical, and the tall spikes would stand out from all the green.




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Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal flower)

  • details

    SIZE: 1/2 quart pot or 2.5 quart pot
    type: herbaceous perennial
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade
    water needs: Moist to average soil
    height: 3'-6'
    plant spacing: 2 plants per square foot
    bloom time: July, August, September
    bloom color: red
  • good plant companions

    blue flag iris, New England aster, closed gentian, turtlehead

  • special notes

    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.
    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)