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Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower/Red Lobelia)

Cardinal flower is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, but not cardinals. With its brilliant red blossoms, Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, is aptly named. It grows best in moist, even wet soil in light shade to full sun and will thrive along the margin of a garden pool. Once established, it usually will re-seed itself assuring future nectar for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Provides late summer bloom to the perennial border, wild garden, native plant garden or woodland garden.

Excellent for butterfly or bird (hummingbird) gardens. Also effective near ponds or streams. An individual stalk of Cardinal Flower continues to blossom for several weeks. By the time the flowers at the top of the stalk are open, the older flowers at the base have already set seed.

All of our woodland plants grow naturally on rich, moist forest floors and are perfectly suited for your garden. Add them to an existing wooded area or create your own woodland garden. Dappled shade and humus-rich soil provide perfect growing conditions.

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# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
NF168BAG Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower/Red Lobelia) 25 30 $58.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Lobelia cardinalis
Common Name Cardinal Flower/Red Lobelia
Family Campanulaceae
Size #1
Height 2-4'
Spacing 12-18"
Hardiness Zones 4-9
Exposure Light shade to full sun
Foliage Green
Flower Scarlet-red
Bloomtime July - September

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Easily grown in rich, humusy, medium wet to wet soils in light shade to full sun. Needs constant moisture. Will tolerate full sun in cool, northern climates, but otherwise appreciates part shade. Divide clumps in spring as needed. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions. Mulching helps to keep the roots moist. Be careful not to allow fallen leaves to smother next season's rosettes. Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. If any roots seem tightly bound, loosen before planting. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again.

Pests or Diseases: No serious disease or insect problems.