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Lobelia cardinalis

Native Plants

Cardinal Flower

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Cardinal flower is a sure bet for gardeners anxious to have hummingbirds visit their gardens. Set against deep green foliage, pure red flowers appear on 2’ long spikes atop 3-4’ tall plants providing a spectacular garden display in the heat of summer. Cardinal flower flourishes in acidic to neutral, well drained soils in filtered shade to sun. Stream banks, water’s edge, meadow margins, and garden soils less prone to drought stress are excellent sites to grow this adorable herbaceous perennial. Lobelia cardinalis grows well with Lobelia siphilitica, Asclepias incarnata, Gentiana clausa, Monarda fistulosa, Rhexia virginica, Spiranthes odorata ‘Chadds Ford’, and Zephyranthes atamasca.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    late-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green, tan