Lobelia cardinalis

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Common Name:
Cardinal Flower
Plant Type:
Sun to Part Sun
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Garden Height:
36-48 Inches
Garden Spread:
18-24 Inches
  • Bright, true-red flowers on tall spikes all summer long
  • Attracts hummingbirds like few other plants
  • Terrific on the edge of a woodland garden

If you want a hummingbird magnet, Cardinal Flower is the plant. The fiery red flower spikes appear in summer and continue flowering into the fall. The upright habit displays the red-hot flowers perfect for all to see. Excellent plant for moist soils but will tolerate average soils just as well. Native to most of the continental United States, except the upper West.

Uses: Bog, Borders, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Woodland Gardens
Nature Attraction: Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance: Deer, Rabbit
Notable Features: Native, Good in wet soils.
Growth Habit: Upright

Photos courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc

Reviews (2)

  • Lobelia Cardinalis

    Posted by Mike Coop on Jun 8th 2022

    Bested expectations in product and delivery. Satisfied customer.

  • Best year yet

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 27th 2019

    I grow these often because the hummingbirds love it, but do do the other backyard animals. So I have to replant often, this year they grew so well, full of dark red blooms!