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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis
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Bold Native for Rain and Wetland Butterfly Gardens

Power up your butterfly garden design with a charge from a bright red, native flower. Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) draws your eye and adds a tremendous vertical accent in the border. In the wild, they grow near water, in ravines, stream banks, swamps, and low pastures.

Fabulous red flowers climb along a long spire and act as beacons for jewel-toned hummingbirds and local butterflies. For the most powerful impact, we'd advise dedicating enough space to plant several of these in a gentle zig-zag. These are truly effective when massed together.

Add another dimension in your garden by using them in rain gardens or bogs adds another special dimension, where you can see the long red spears reflected in the water.

This is one of the showiest of all of our beloved North American prairie plants, and it tolerates moist soils. Hummingbirds love it, the bold red color pops, and the strong vertical accent draws your eye. Win, win, win!

Because it's a native plant, it does a little "too well" in certain areas. Please know that uses Plant Sentry to ensure we follow all local, state and federal regulations for plants that can become invasive in your area. We've got you covered!

Order this wonderful native today!

  • Attention-Grabbing Color
  • Long Bloom Season
  • Moist Soils
More Information
Botanical Name Lobelia cardinalis
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Soil Type Moist or Wet Soils
Moisture High Moisture Requirements
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Growth Rate Vigorous
Bloom Period Summer
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Required No
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Growing Zone Range 3-9
Cardinal Flower Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-9
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