New seed cultivar of cardinal flower with pink-red flowers. Great introduction from Brent Horvath (Intrinsic Perennial Gardens, Hebron, IL).
This is color form of the native wildflower (not hybrid of several Lobelia species), so still highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies!!!
2.5-3' tall x 1' wide, basal rosettes of leaves, flowers are variable, but always with some hint of pink (so easier to combine with other colors), older flowers fade to salmon pink.
Half shade, dappled shade, medium moist to most or wet soil (prefers more moisture).
Flowers from June to August/September.
Tends to be short-lived, but self-seeds, so expect to have babies, while the original plant may disappears.
Hardy in zones 3 to 9
The species is native to 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 and rabbit resistant, black walnut tolerant.
Attracts Butterflies - 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 Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds
Best to combined with perennials like Chelone, Conoclinum coelestinum, Eupatorium, Lobelia siphilitica, Monarda, Physostegia, tall Phlox.
Pot size : 3.5" x 4" perennial pot
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