Lobelia cardinalis (Campanulaceae)
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
Container size: Qt.