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Cardinal Flower

This hummingbird favorite puts on a show in late summer with tall, vivid red flower spikes that add bold color to the late season garden. Native to North America, it will thrive in shady spots in the garden. (Lobelia cardinalis)

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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Plant Size: 30-36" tall, Up to 36" wide
Light: Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Mid to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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Details
SKU 3LOBG
Common Name Cardinal Flower
Botanical Name Lobelia cardinalis
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Estimated Mature Height 30-36" tall
Estimated Mature Spread Up to 36" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Planting Season Fall
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Cut Flowers
Ships to Canada No
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Description
The stunning Cardinal Flower is one of our most famous native plants, and usually called Americas most vivid native flower. Each summer, brilliant red Cardinal Flower lights up the August woods all over the east, and new generations of hikers are always thrilled when they come across it in our forests. Of course, the fact that it does not bloom in spring, but adds color later, makes it of huge value in a wild garden.

This famous plant is native all the way from Quebec and Minnesota south to Florida and Texas. It is so beautiful it is over picked and now quite rare in some areas. However, if conditions are right (wet, mostly) it will grow easily, even in full sun, but is usually found as a woodland beauty along streambanks or near ponds where the soil is always moist. It is even happy growing right in the shallow water of small creeks and brooks.

This tells you that you must supply constant moisture for Cardinal Flower, and if you do, the rewards are spectacular.

Growing Lobelia cardinalis Allen Armitage, the famous perennial expert writes in his Armitages Native Plants that Cardinal Flower is a short lived perennial but if...(conditions are good)... it will return many years. This is correct. It is not difficult to grow at all; it is simply difficult to maintain a clump of plants over the years, unless you are attentive. Armitage tells us he believes the plants do best in full sun. I found the opposite growing them in Vermont. But sun or shade, the most important item is the moisture. The roots should never really dry out. We had many growing along a small brook in the middle of a wooded garden (See photo above). All went well, and the plants performed with bigger and bigger flower spikes each year, until.....we had a spring flood one year. The brook raged out of its banks, and the rushing water uprooted all the plants and swept them away. So that year, we had to start over with new plants. They have very shallow roots, and come out of the mud easily.

This wild beauty is one that you must watch, and you'll learn to love it. It grows quickly and easily, but it has two very powerful enemies--people who love to pick it, destroying the display, and either too little or too much (rushing) water.

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2.3

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        3.0

        only one of three came up--but a beauty

        By woodcutter

        from suburban Philadelphia

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        Comments about Cardinal Flower:

        As I said, only one of these came up--I ordered a total of 9, some blue, some red, planted in two groups in two different growing conditions (more or less light), and none of the blue came up, only one of the red

         
        1.0

        No Luck

        By Beth

        from NC Mountains

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              Comments about Cardinal Flower:

              I planted these last fall and was anxious to see them
              this summer. I have waited until the end of July, and
              not one has come up. My neighbors have grown these successfully, so I am disappointed.

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              • No
               
              1.0

              waste of money

              By donthaveone

              from Tallassee tn

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                    Comments about Cardinal Flower:

                    planted either 3 or 6 of each varity (dutchmans britches,white bleeding heart, pink bleeding heart, blue, and red cardinal flower) Only got about 5 sprouts. Mostly pink bleeding heart.

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                    • No
                     
                    1.0

                    Cardinal Flower

                    By back yard gardener

                    from New York, NY

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                      • Did Not Survive The Winte

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                        Comments about Cardinal Flower:

                        Did not survive the winter

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                        • No
                         
                        1.0

                        Sorry, it was a no show

                        By Lynn

                        from Pasadena, MD

                        Verified Reviewer

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                          • Never grew
                          • Planted According To Inst

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                            Comments about Cardinal Flower:

                            Though I followed all planting instructions, none of the three plants grew. However, they are being replaced this Fall; hopefully there will be a better outcome next Spring.

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                            • No

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Thumbs down on Cardinal flower bulbs

                            By Sink

                            from Long Island, NY

                            Pros

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                              • Bulbs have not germinated

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                                Comments about Cardinal Flower:

                                Planted cardinal flower bulbs in fall, followed directions provided. No sign of germination/growth, unless still too early? Live on Long Island, New York.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Stunning Red

                                By Greenie

                                from New City, NY

                                Pros

                                • Hummer magnet

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                                    Comments about Cardinal Flower:

                                    Make sure to take basal plantlets from parent in Fall & following Spring to keep your stock viable.

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Hummer city!

                                    By Greenie

                                    from New City, NY

                                    Comments about Cardinal Flower:

                                    Keep comin' back every year=Great investment!!
                                    Keeps the hummers in the backyard!

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