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Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria

 
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Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-48" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Size Plant - 3" pot
SKU 100PER

Plant Information

Cardinal-flowers kindle their spiral flames, and illuminate the dark nooks among the shrubbery.
...Nathanial Hawthorne, The Old Manse

Anyone who's ever taken a hike in midsummer woods anywhere in the east probably knows this stunning plant. Cardinal flowers bloom with tall spikes of lipstick red flowers in August in wet American woodlands all the way from Canada to Louisiana.

Queen Victoria at about 3 feet is a little shorter than the native, and the color is a little deeper velvety red. You'll love these vivid flowers as much as the hummingbirds. Pick a moist spot in sun or partial shade for yours.

SKU 100PER
Common Name Cardinal Flower
Botanical Name Lobelia fulgens
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Mid to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Foliage Color Burgundy
Foliage Mahogany-red foliage.
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive an order confirmation email that will include your shipping information. We ship perennials and spring-planted bulbs at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennials and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Your order is scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days of leaving our warehouse, depending on your shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. Please make sure to open your package upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

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American MeadowsCardinal Flower Queen Victoria
 
3.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Vivid colors (4)
  • Attractive (3)
  • Long bloom time (3)
  • Low maintenance (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (8), Casual hobbyist (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Just arrived

Plants arrived healthy and vibrant- packaged very well, protected, and the soil is moist. We are putting them in native rain garden in MN- full sun and moist, well drained soil.

Plants arrived healthy and vibrant- packaged very well, protected, and the soil is moist. We are putting them in native rain garden in MN- full sun and moist, well drained soil.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

NOT RECOMMENDED IN AREAS WITH DEER

While it didn't look great when it arrived, I planted it quickly and it seemed to get established very well. Then ... the deer ate it and it never recovered! I had...Read complete review

While it didn't look great when it arrived, I planted it quickly and it seemed to get established very well. Then ... the deer ate it and it never recovered! I had bought it because it was listed as "deer resistant" or "deer tend to avoid", so that was disappointing. I gave it 3 stars because it probably would have done great!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just arrived

By 

from Minnesota

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

    Plants arrived healthy and vibrant- packaged very well, protected, and the soil is moist. We are putting them in native rain garden in MN- full sun and moist, well drained soil.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    CARDINAL FLOWER QUEEN VICTORIA

    By 

    from Oronogo, Mo

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

    It is still only about 3 inches tall. Naturally, it has not bloomed yet.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Unfortunately it doesn't look too good. I don't think it is

    By 

    from Rockford, Il

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Flimsy

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

    I wanted a plant that could grow in the shade. It hasn't done well and I don't think it will make it. Not sure why. I am disappointed.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    3.0

    May look better second year

    By 

    from St Louis

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

    Planted this year. Healthy plants arrived & grew quickly, however there are only about 5 2-3' tall stems that are now falling over. Both plants have flowered. Hope they survive the winter & come back bushier and are able to stay upright.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    2.0

    had big plans

    By 

    from Wisconsin

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

    I had big plans for this plant, but sadly it decided it didn't want to exist in my garden. Lasted a month but didn't do anything but slowly wilt.
    I'll be trying again but a different location.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    Died

    By 

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

    This had been doing fine for the first few weeks it was in the ground. We had several days over 90 degrees, and it died. I wish it had been shipped earlier, as it's not unusual for this area to be over 90 in April.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Satisfied

    By 

    from Monroe, NY

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

        Can't wait to see how they do next year!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        stong plant

        By 

        from ga

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

        Beautifull plant .It is very resilient ( my dog broke some of it after planting but the plant didn't seen to be upset about it).Growing and getting bigger.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria

        By 

        from Stafford, VA

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Erosion Control
          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

          Beautiful foliage and deep fire engine red blooms!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          NOT RECOMMENDED IN AREAS WITH DEER

          By 

          from Raleigh,NC

          About Me Avid Gardener

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Vivid Colors

          Cons

          • Susceptible to Pests

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

            While it didn't look great when it arrived, I planted it quickly and it seemed to get established very well. Then ... the deer ate it and it never recovered! I had bought it because it was listed as "deer resistant" or "deer tend to avoid", so that was disappointing. I gave it 3 stars because it probably would have done great!

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Cardinal Flower

            By 

            from Bridgeport, CT

            About Me Casual Hobbyist

            Pros

            • Long Bloom Time

            Cons

            • Susceptible to Pests

            Best Uses

              Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

              I ordered two cardinal plants. One was placed in a crowded wild flower garden and did exceptionally well. Tall, long lasting blooms that a hummingbird found and loved - more than the hummer feeder that was right next to it! The other was planted in a cut garden bed 12 feet away in the same sunlight and barely survived pest damage (and was treated with dust). It has just now (late August) started to bloom, but is less than 1/4 the height of the strong plant. Mixed feelings.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Hummingbirds love them

              By 

              from Rockville, MD

              About Me Casual Hobbyist

              Pros

              • Long Bloom Time
              • Low Maintenance
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

                  We moved to USA few years ago. We never saw a hummingbird in nature and my kids were not familiar with North American native plants. So I ordered 3 bulbs of Cardinal flower last year. But they did not make it. This spring I got replacement from American Meadows. This time they were in must better condition. They started to bloom in July. Now they are taller than me (I am about 160cm) and hummingbirds come to us everyday.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By 

                  from Ambler, PA

                  About Me Avid Gardener

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Garden

                    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

                    I have several of these and they're outstanding! I live in zone 6 and keep these in partial shade near a bird bath so the ground there stays moist. The hummingbirds love them!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not a good buy

                    By 

                    from Reston, VA

                    About Me Avid Gardener

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Deied outDid not survive

                      Best Uses

                      • Not usable

                      Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria:

                      Plant were dried out and did not survive.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

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