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Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower

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The Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a vibrant herbaceous perennial that commands attention with its dazzling scarlet-red blooms. Thriving in zones 3 to 9, this showy plant reaches heights of 2 to 4 feet and spreads 1 to 2 feet, making it ideal for borders, water gardens, and pollinator havens. Its tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, adding life and color to any landscape from late summer to early fall. With moderate maintenance needs and tolerance to deer and wet soil, the Cardinal Flower is a must-have for gardeners seeking to enhance their outdoor spaces with striking beauty and wildlife appeal.


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Single, 6-Pack, 9-Pack, Flat – DP 50

Common Name

Cardinal Flower


Herbaceous Perennial




3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Native Range

Central North America, Eastern North America

Height Range (ft.)

2.00 to 4.00

Spread (ft.)

1.00 to 2.00

Bloom Time

Early Fall, Late Summer

Bloom Description



Full Sun, Part Shade


Medium, Wet



Suggested Use



Deer, Wet Soil





Product Description

Discover the vibrant allure of Lobelia cardinalis, also known as the Cardinal Flower, a stunning native perennial that brings a splash of red to your garden. With its striking scarlet blooms and lush foliage, this plant is sure to become a focal point in any landscape.

Why Choose Cardinal Flower?

  • Brilliant Red Blooms: It’s vivid red flowers are a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies, adding lively movement and color to your outdoor space.
  • Versatile Landscaping: Perfect for borders, pond edges, or mixed flower beds, it thrives in moist areas and can even tolerate partial shade.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, it requires minimal care, making it an excellent choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners.
  • Long Blooming Season: Enjoy continuous blooms from mid to late summer, extending the beauty of your garden well into the season.

Growing Tips:

  • Light Requirements: Partial shade to full sun is ideal for Cardinal Flower, although it appreciates some protection from intense afternoon sun in hotter climates.
  • Soil Conditions: Moist, well-drained soil is essential for optimal growth. Consider adding organic matter to improve soil moisture retention.
  • Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during hot and dry periods. Mulching can help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.
  • Spacing: Plant Cardinal Flowers approximately 12-18 inches apart to allow for their upright growth habit and ensure adequate air circulation.

Design Ideas:

Enhance your garden design with Cardinal Flower’s vibrant color and graceful form. Use it as a backdrop for shorter plants, create a bold border along walkways or water features, or plant it en masse for a striking visual impact. Pair it with complementary colors like blues and purples for a harmonious garden palette.

Ecological Benefits:

In addition to its visual appeal, Cardinal Flower attracts pollinators and provides habitat for beneficial insects. Its nectar-rich blooms support local wildlife, contributing to a thriving ecosystem in your garden.

Embrace the beauty and ecological value of Lobelia cardinalis in your outdoor sanctuary. Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a nature enthusiast, Cardinal Flower adds an enchanting touch of red to your landscape while supporting biodiversity and pollinator health.


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