Cardinal Flower

2 Mar

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis), briefly deciduous,  to 3 ft., spikes of bright red trumpet flowers spring through fall, good cut flower, regular water, sun to light shade, native.

This plant  is native to seeps and moist stream bank locations in the deserts of California and through much of North America.  Lobelia cardinalis is great choice for the hummingbird garden as well as for a butterfly garden.  It grows in a slowly spreading clump, typically 18-24″ tall.  I give ours a good haircut in the winter when the stalks start to give out.  Snails love the Cardinal Flower, so protect.  Plant in moist soil – can tolerate boggy conditions.

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