Blue Cardinal Flower is actually quite different in growth from its wildflower counterpart. It is a tougher, heftier plant with somewhat coarse, larger leaves, and the flowers appear in the leaf axils, unlike its elegant cousins red flowers that are in leaf-free flower spikes, held high above the plant. But the blue flowers are lovely and plentiful. Best of all, this plant is not as picky as to growing conditions. It is perfectly happy in any perennial garden with half sun to part shade. And it is simple to propagate. Let some of the flower heads go to seed in the fall, and you'll have a dozen new plants coming up next spring.
Blue cardinal flower makes a great background for smaller wildflowers, since several together form a wonderful screen-like clump of towering plants with blue flowers for a long period.
Oh, and the name. The botanical species name, syphilitica, comes from the Native American belief that this plant was a cure for syphillis.
AM014077 (Plant - 3" Pot)
AM014076 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Blue Cardinal Flower
Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
|Estimated Mature Spread|
Mid to late summer
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Upright stiff green leafy stalks with finely toothed lance shaped leaves.
Loamy Soil, Clay Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Average, Moist / Wet, Well Draining
Easy To Grow, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Good For Cut Flowers, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Plant near ponds, bogs or well draining wet areas.
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West
Spring / Summer, Fall
|Poisonous or Toxic to Animals|
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested!
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada|