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Lobelia cardinalis 
Cardinal Flower

Item #: 3095
Category: Wildflowers
Habit: Perennial
Bloom: July-Oct
Height: 1-4'
Planting Rates: 20 sq. ft.

1 pkt. - $6.00



Soil Moisture

Sand Loam Clay Caliche  Full  Partial Dappled Shade
 X    X    X        X    X    X        Medium Moist 



for more info see Related Books
  Wildflowers of Texas
  Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country
  Wildflowers of the Western Plains
  Texas Wildflowers: A Field Guide
  100 Texas Wildflowers
  Native Texas Plants: Landscaping Region by Region


This wonderful perennial can stand up to 6 feet tall! The flowers, which get their name because of their resemblance to the red hats worn by Cardinals in the church, range in color from scarlet, to dark red or vermilion. They are born on the large terminal spike of the plant, and they bloom as the spike grows upwards. Cardinal Flowers can be multiplied easily by bending over a stem and putting a rock on it. With time, a new plant will form where the stem contacts the soil. A favorite of hummingbirds, Cardinal Flowers are generally found in rich soils in semi-shaded, moist areas. Use this plant with confidence in a flower border, shaded from the hot afternoon sun, or in a water garden.

Hummingbird visits a brightly blooming red Cardinal Flower (above)

Cardinal Flower is a beautiful addition to riparian areas (above)


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