Lobelia cardinalis (30)ct Flat
Common Name: Cardinal Flower, Scarlet Lobelia
Native to much of North America, naturally occurring as far north as New Brunswick, south to Florida, and west to Texas.
Brilliant fire red flower spikes stand atop distinctly upright plants from late summer through early fall. The leaves are green and lance-like. This species prefers a location in partial shade.
Lobelia is an excellent border plant for moist locations and is a hummingbird magnet. It also attracts butterflies and swallowtails.
The perfect plant for damp locations such as near ponds or low-lying areas, Lobelia will easily adapt to 'wet feet' but can also tolerate well-drained soils. L. speciosa is more adaptable than other Lobelias to various soil types and moisture levels. If enough moisture is available, it will thrive in the sun. In drier soils, it should be planted in part shade. Deadheading spent blooms will improve the overall appearance of the plant and may promote reblooming. It's a good idea to cut this plant back in the spring instead of the fall, since the foliage will help protect the root zone in the winter. Mulch is also recommended.
Missouri Botanical Garden Plants of Merit
Height: 3.0-4.0 Feet
Spread: 2.0 Feet
Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Flower Color: Red shades
Foliage Color: Green shades
Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun) - Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun)
Average to Consistent Water Needs
Poor to Fertile Soil Quality
Bloomtime: Late Summer - Early Fall
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds abd Songbirds
Deer and Rabbit Resistant
Growth Rate: Medium
Bog Plant, Border Plant, Cut Flower, Mass Planting, Native to North America