Cardinal Flower – Native
The foliage of the Cardinal Flower features strong, upright stems with narrow lance like leaves. Terminal spikes of beautiful, scarlet red blooms rise above it. The bright red tubular flowers are two lipped. They are highly attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. The flower spikes bloom for several weeks and make wonderful cut flowers. This native Missouri perennial is grown for its vibrant red flowers that bloom in late Summer, and its ability to thrive in moist, shady locations. This perennial would be an excellent plant along streams, swamps and low, wooded areas.
Lobelia cardinalis grows best in Full to Part Sun. This clump forming plant grows 24-48″ tall with a spread of 12-18″. Plant in zones 3 to 9. Deer and rabbit resistant. Tolerates wet soil.
Care & Shipping Notes
This plant requires little care. It grows easily in rich, humusy medium to wet soil. It will tolerate Full Sun in the North, but does better with partial shade in warmer climates. It may self-seed in optimum conditions. Mulch to keep soil moist. Divide as needed in the Spring. No serious disease or insect problems. NOT AVAILABLE FOR SALE IN THESE US STATES AND TERRITORIES: AK, HI, GM, PR, VI. Also, WE NO LONGER SHIP TO CALIFORNIA due to Department of Ag restrictions on live plants.