Lobelia: Cardinal Flower


The brilliant red flowers of Cardinal Flower are a hummingbird and butterfly magnet! This native plant is happiest in consistently moist soil and will tolerate brief flooding; perfect for rain gardens and naturalizing near ponds and streams. Scarlet red, tubular flowers open in August at the top of the unbranched stems, blooming for several weeks. In favorable situations it may seed about.


  • Mature Height: 2-3 feet
  • Mature Spread: 2-3 feet
  • Spacing: 2 feet
  • Sunlight: Full Sun, Part Sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, Wet
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Attracts Wildlife
  • Flower: Red


Early in the season, many plants are pruned to encourage later fullness, and therefore may vary in size from the photo and size range. Rest assured, they hold the same glorious potential.

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