Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis


Cardinal Flower Category:


Soil: Hydric (Wet) to Mesic (Medium) Sun: Full to Part Height: 2′-5′ Color: Red Bloom: July-September Flowers: The tube-like flowers have 5 petals and 2 lips. The upper has 2 lobes, the lower has 3 lobes. They bloom in a loose cluster along a long tall stem. The 5 stamens make a tube around the style. Leaves: The 6″ alternate leaves are toothed and oblong to lance shaped.

Suggested Uses:

This showy red spike of flowers makes quite a splash of color in the rain garden or shoreline restoration. These plants are fairly short-lived. They should be grown in moist,  sandy soils and should be mulched to conserve moisture and to protect them from harsh winter conditions.  They are very attractive to hummingbirds and make a nice cut flower!

Interesting Facts:

Medicinal Uses: Native Americans used Cardinal Flower to treat cramps, stomachache, and typhoid. It was also used as an aphrodisiac and to strengthen other medicines. Food Uses: Other Uses: It is pollinated exclusively by hummingbirds. More Information: Name: Named for Matthias von Lobel, a 16th century Flemish herbalist. Other Names:

Additional information

Weight 1 lbs

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