Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Latin Name: Lobelia cardinalis

Type: Forb/Flower

Light: Sun / Part Sun

Moisture: Mesic / Wet-Mesic / Wet

Soil: Loam

Size: 2-4 feet

Color: Red

Bloom Time: July / August / September

Description: Cardinal flower can tolerate occasional flooding. It is a good plant for a rain garden. It has 1 inch scarlet, tubular flowers that bloom in a close vertical cluster on the end of the stem. It is short-lived, so save seeds or seedlings for re-planting. The juice of this plant is poisonous. Cardinal flower is a magnet for hummingbirds. It is also pollinated by hummingbirds.