Cardinal Flower Seeds

Red Cardinal Flower Seeds, Lobelia cardinalis
$4.95
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America's most vivid wildflower' according to experts. Must have damp soil, sun or shade. Perennial

Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Native
Native
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-48 inches tall
Bloom Time Late summer
Size Packet
SKU LOCP

Plant Information

"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

SKU LOCP
Common Name Cardinal Flower
Botanical Name Lobelia cardinalis
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 24-48 inches tall
Bloom Time Late summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage covers 150 square feet
Seeds Per Pound 6,400,000
Seeds Per Packet 750
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Native To North America
Native To Most of the United States
Native Yes
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Native
Is It Storable? Yes- You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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3.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

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2.0

difficult to grow from seed

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from Indiana

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Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Garden

Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Seeds:

one problem with starting the Cardinal seeds is there are only something like 30 seeds per pack. Look for a better supplier, they exist. Second, with a limited amount of starters, you have to be very selective where you plant them. They require most/humid areas to grow. The plants I got to grow, are looking good. I think I'll need another year of filling in with new plants to see a nice collection of flowers. I'm obsessed with these flowers and willing to keep trying. This is year 3 and hoping with time and experience I'll be successful.

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1.0

Purchased 3 potted plants, none survived

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from Virginia

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Pros

    Cons

    • Flimsy
    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Cardinal Flower Seeds:

    I received a pouch of 3 Cardinal Flowers in part of a large order placed July 2014. When they were delivered in the fall, at first I thought the bag was empty. I tipped out the sawdust packing material which had become completely dry during shipping and located three quarter-sized plants. They looked like seedlings and were quite wilted. I planted each in its own pot and sunk the pots in my garden because I was concerned that otherwise I wouldn't be able to find them. No leaves have emerged after nearly 8 months in the ground and I doubt anything will. I've been very pleased with other plants I received from American Meadows, so I hope this is a one-off bad experience.

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    5.0

    Great service, excellent seeds

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    from Rehobeth, AL

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    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.

      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      They start slow, but come on well

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      from Berkeley

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      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!

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Germinators that require extra time

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      from Fishersville, VA

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      Pros

      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        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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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          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.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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