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  • Fall Max Mix is back - Only 18.95 lb

Cardinal Flower Seeds

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America's most vivid wildflower' according to experts. Must have damp soil, sun or shade. Perennial

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SKU LOCP
Common Name Cardinal Flower
Botanical Name Lobelia cardinalis
Plant Type/Life Cycle Perennial
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Red
Estimated Mature Height 24-48 inches tall
Bloom Time Late summer
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 6,400,000
Seeds Per Packet 750
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Will Tolerate Loamy Soil
Native To North America
Native to North America from eastern and central Canada south to FL and west to TX.
Ideal Growing Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific NorthWest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada Yes
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
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Description
"Cardinal-flowers kindle their spiral flames, and illuminate the dark nooks among the shrubbery."
...Nathanial Hawthorne, "The Old Manse"

Almost always called "America's most vivid wildflower", this very famous plant of great beauty has been seen by few, since it blooms during summer, not spring, like most of its woodland companions. The flowers are orchid-like, up and down the tall 3 to 4-ft. stems. They often put on a dazzling show in shady wet woods, and many a hiker has been startled by coming onto a colony in brilliant bloom in the mid or late-summer woods. Because of its beauty, Cardinal Flower is often picked in the wild, and has become rare in some places. It also seems cursed by being a streamside plant which has shallow roots. Often even large, older plants are swept away during spring flooding, since their roots are poor anchors in a strong stream of water. Once established, a colony of this wildflower will be the pride and joy of any serious wildflower gardener.

Our seeds, often very hard to find, are hand-gathered from the wild by a seed specialist in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, so you know they'll be the true wild species. (There are several hybrids of this wildflower; one with maroon-red leaves, which is not as cold-hardy as the native.)
No. Seeds per packet: Over 500

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  • Low maintenance (3)
  • Reliable growth (3)
  • Vivid colors (3)

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      5.0

      Great service, excellent seeds

      By Bamadanny

      from Rehobeth, AL

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Seeds:

        The seeds I bought have really turned into beautiful flowers and I plan to order many more times. This company is excellent.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        They start slow, but come on well

        By Susan

        from Berkeley

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Pest Resistant
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Long Germination Time
        • Requires Gardening Experience

        Best Uses

        • Hummingbird Flower
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Seeds:

        The seeds are very very tiny, so you can't bury them at all and the soil needs to stay wet and warm to get germination. And when they first sprout, the plants are also very tiny and are easily drowned and covered with soil on watering. Spritzing is best. But once they have some size on them, they really cook along, growing rapidly. Mine haven't bloomed yet, but are about 8-10 inches tall about 2 months after planting the seeds. I can't wait to see the beautiful scarlet blooms, and the hummingbirds I think will love them!

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good Germinators that require extra time

        By gardening4fun

        from Fishersville, VA

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

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          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Seeds:

            I had wonderful results germinating American Meadows cardinal flower seeds in peat pellets 2011 and 2012. Seedlings formed rosettes and grew nicely in pots that I nursed through the summer prior to transplanting before fall frost. Additionally, multiple rosettes planted in single pots separated easily for transplanting into the ground as individual plants. Since they are perennial, cardinal flower does not bloom the first year, and in 2012, I was so anxious to see what blooms looked like that instead of waiting, I ordered a potted cardinal flower plant from American Meadows. (Unfortunately, the potted plant did not grow and eventually died, but American Meadows honored its warranty and sent a replacement in 2013 that is doing very well with new growth!) The downside was that I did not get to see the potted plant bloom in 2012. However, I did see the cardinal flowers I started from seed in 2011 bloom during the summer of 2012. They were absolutely spectacular, even catching my husband's attention! I had started more from seed summer 2012 ahead of seeing the first blooms, and I was so glad I had. We like these flowers so much that I ordered more seeds to start in peat pellets 2013. I had forgotten that they take longer to germinate and I too hurriedly contacted American Meadows to report a potential problem. However, with a little extra time (weeks) in peat pellets, multiple seedlings sprouted. Germination was magnificent! I have MANY new little plants in peat pellets now waiting for me to transplant them into individual pots that I will nurse through summer and transplant into the ground before frost in hope of enjoying mass plantings of red cardinal flower blooms summer 2014.

            Cardinal flower takes a little longer to germinate than many other wildflower seeds, and it does not bloom the first year. But, it is WELL worth the wait. I highly recommend these seeds for people who don't mind waiting a year after sowing the seed to witness the strikingly red bloom! Gorgeous!

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