- 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
Red Cardinal Flower
The Red Cardinal Flower is a wildflower native to a few states in the United States. Namely, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, and more. Belonging to the Lobelia species. It sports beautiful, vivid, crimson red leaves and spikes with scarlet flowers. These flowers can grow as tall as 3 feet tall, easily making their presence known among a bed of other flowers. Due to its tall stems, the Red Cardinal has trouble being fertilized by insects, and mainly relies on hummingbirds for fertilization. Due to this fact, this makes it perfect for use in a hummingbird garden. The Red Cardinal grows best in wet, sunny environments, but will still grow in partially sunny environments. The Red Cardinal is capable of withstanding brief flooding, but any more than this could harm it. To help retain some of the moisture in the soil, some mulch can be used. They typically bloom in mid-summer to mid-autumn. Moreover, this plant would be perfect for summer beddings, or with annuals. Whether you are a professional in the garden, or just starting out. If you want a low maintenance plant that can stand out in your garden, and maybe even attract some birds, the red cardinal flower is the perfect plant for you. The single most outstanding features of the cardinal flower are its intensely red tube-shaped flowers. These blooms, ordinarily one-and-a-half inches wide, offer an intriguing appearance with three large lobes extending from the bottom of the tube while two tinier portions 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 fertile, moist soils and can even take brief flooding.