Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

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Lobelia cardinalis
Native red flowers are somewhat hard to come by, but cardinal flower is one of the best. Use it in sunny rain gardens or moderate-shade flower beds.

Cardinal flower will grow best in soil rich with organic material and may need to be watered during dry periods. Hummingbirds and yellow butterflies find cardinal flower irresistable.

Uses: rain gardens, hummingbirds, butterflies
Bloom time: August - September

Height: 2 to 4.5 feet
Space: 12 - 18 inches

Sun: Full sun to medium shade
Moisture: Average to moist

Seed:  Seed: Germinates fairly easily. The tiny seeds need light to germinate, so sow them on moist soil and don't bury them at all.
  • 200 seeds per packet
  • 700,000 seeds per ounce
  • 1 ounce per 20,000 square feet
  • 2.25 ounces per acre

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