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Cardinal flower is found in wet areas, such as springs, swamps, and along springs.

Cardinal flower is found in wet areas, such as springs, swamps, and along springs. USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 8 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Typical inventory plug

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis has vibrant, red flower spikes with dark green foliage. Hummingbirds and butterflies love the plant. Needs a moist site and naturally found along streams, springs, and swamps. Clump forming.

Native Americans made a tea from the leaves of cardinal flower and used it for a variety of ailments including intestinal issues and lung problems. 


Height:

2-5 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3-8

Bloom Color:

Red

Lobelia cardinalis Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun
  • Shade
  • Partial Shade

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Attracts Wildlife

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Wet to Moist

Attributes

  • Naturalizing
  • Cut Flower

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LOCA2