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Out of Season Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Unusual Flower Form!

Striking, bright red blooms trail up irregular racemes to form a unique and colorful display in midsummer to fall. Beneficial pollinators, such as hummingbirds and butterflies, love both the color and flower form, which allows them easy access to the nectar hidden within. Grows quickly in well-drained, humus-rich soil, and prefers to be planted at a depth of 2-3" in a partially shaded site. Because Cardinal Flower likes to be kept moist, it's the perfect perennial for planting at the edge of a man-made pond, water feature or along the banks of a stream. Keep it watered and this native wildflower will perform exceptionally well in a border or mixed bed, as well. Zones 2-9.



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  • Botanical Name: Lobelia cardinalis
  • Height: 3 - 4 feet
  • Spacing: 15 - 18 inches.
  • Depth: Plant top of root ball at soil surface.
  • Spread: 15 - 18 inches
  • Light Required: Partial shade.
  • Pollinator: Hummingbirds are the chief pollinator.
  • Color: Red
  • Foliage: 2 - 6 inches long and are narrowly lanceolate, with fine teeth on edges. Dark green turning scarlet in autumn.
  • Blooms: Mid summer to fall.
  • Fruit: Seeds are two-celled pods that open at the top.
  • Zone: 2 - 9 (-50° F.).
  • Form: Upright, short lived perennial.
  • Flower Form: Tubular blossoms that cover 1- 4 foot tall flower spikes.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moist, sandy loam soil.
  • Growth Rate: Slow growth rate first season, fast thereafter.
  • Pruning: Dead-head. Remove spent flowers. Allow the foliage to die sback.
  • Size: 1- 4 foot tall flower spikes.
  • Comments: Native wildflower, striking red color. Frequents moist meadows and, stream edges. Mulch to maintain moisture.

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