Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
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Genus:  Lobelia

Cardinal flower has reddish purple stems and lance-shaped, often glossy, bright green leaves tinged with bronze. Bold red spikes of tubular two-lipped flowers with reddish purple bracts appear in summer and early autumn.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Useful near water or in a wildlife pool.

Care: 

Grow in deep, fertile, moist soil or in containers of acidic soil near water.

Propagation: 

Divide in summer. Take bud cuttings in midsummer.

Problems: 

Rust, smut, leaf spots, and slugs.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Waterside
Style
Water Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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