Lobelia cardinalis - CARDINAL FLOWER

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Cardinal Flower is one of the most beautiful and popular wildflowers for a moist, sunny or partly shaded spot in the perennial border, meadow, rain garden or alongside a stream. Brilliant red flowers from July through September are a favorite feeding ground for hummingbirds.

Best to combined with perennials like Chelone, Conoclinum coelestinum, Eupatorium, Lobelia siphilitica, Monarda, Physostegia, tall Phlox.

Tends to be short-lived, but self-sow prolifically, so expect to have babies, while the original plant may disappears. Plant form rosettes of evergreen leaves, foliage contains alkaloids which are very toxic to humans if ingested.

Blooming time : July to September

Size : up to 2-4’ tall x 1-2’ wide

USDA zones : 3 to 9

Culture : part shade, prefers some shade during the day, sun in permanently moist soil

Moisture Needs : medium, moist

Origin : most of the states, except Northwest, see the USDA distribution map. Can be found close to the water, moist open woodlands, wet prairies, swales, floodplain, soggy meadows, along rivers and streams, springs, borders of ponds, edges of small marshes, and ditches.

Deer/rabbit resistant : yes / yes

Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators : Black Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail), Pipevine Swallowtail. Sometimes the larger bumblebees and Halictid, the caterpillars of Pink-washed Looper Moth also feed on the leaves

Attracts Hummingbirds : yes, Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds

Pot size : 3.5" x 4" perennial pot

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    Posted by joseph bowmer on 28th Jul 2020

    Love the color of these, cannot wait for it to bloom, doing well in area we planted it in, all plants on this site i would recommend if you are looking to buy natives.