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Red Cardinal Flower


Description: Cardinal Flower-Lobelia cardinalis Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Partial Shade to Full Sun Mature Height - 3-4' Mature Width- 1-2' Bloom Season – Summer to Fall (July-September) Gardener Status- Novice
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    Red Cardinal Flower

    The single most outstanding features of the cardinal flower are its intensely red tube-shaped flowers. These blooms, normally one-and-a-half inches wide, offer an intriguing appearance with three large lobes extending from the bottom of the tube while two tinier lobes protrude above. Thanks to the work of breeders, rose and white colors are also available. The flowers dot two to four foot high slender stalks and open from July through September. Below, the herbaceous base consists of dark green leaves about eight inches long. Cardinal flowers enjoy rich, moist soils and can even take brief flooding. They cannot tolerate drought. The flower spans plant hardiness zones 3 to 9. Typically, cardinal flowers prefer partial shade, but full sun, especially in the northern parts of their range, is no problem. Once in the ground, these perennials have relatively short lifespans free of serious diseases with only minor threats from garden slugs. Luckily, they reseed fairly well. Any wet spots in the yard that are uninviting to most other flowers make great locations for these dazzling stunners. They’re also comfortable in the moderate shade of a large tree and are perfect additions to environmentally-friendly rain gardens. An added bonus provided by the red cardinal flower is its power to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. In fact, because of the long, narrow shape of its blossoms, this plant is mainly pollinated by the ruby-throated hummingbird. With a cluster of the flowers planted near a window, the tiny birds are guaranteed to put on a show throughout the summer. 
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    1. Made my yard

      Really had a bold pop of color on Apr 1st 2017

    2. Good prices

      Good prices on Apr 1st 2017

    3. Well packaged

      So pleased with my plants and how they were packaged. It seems someone really cared about what they were doing. Thank you on Apr 1st 2017

    4. Just what was needed

      This pop of color is just what my yard needed. on Mar 31st 2017

    5. Birds love it

      My birds and hummingbirds love this flower. It has such the brightest red color to it. on Mar 29th 2017

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