Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Lobelia cardinalis


Partial Shade
Cut Flowers
Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies

Lobelia cardinalis (Campanulaceae)
(lo-BEE-lee-ah kar-di-NA-lis)
Cardinal Flower

1982 & 1983 NC Wildflower of the Year Lush clumps of basal foliage hug the ground from spring into summer. As the season heats up, dramatic spikes of vivid scarlet-red flowers command attention and draw hummingbirds into the shade. Delightful planted in low, moist-to-wet areas with ferns, Turtleheads and other creekside favorites; can take some sun in consistently wet areas. Cardinal Flower tends to be short-lived or biennial, but will naturalize in appropriate areas if allowed to seed in.

Bloom color: red
Bloom period: late-summer
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 2'
Zones: 3-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $10
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