Cardinal Flower Seeds

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'America's most vivid wildflower' according to experts. Must have damp soil, sun or shade. Perennial.
Zones 3 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Mature Height 24-48" tall
Bloom TimeLate summer
Item Package SizePacket

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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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

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Common Name
Cardinal Flower
Botanical Name
Lobelia cardinalis
Item Package Size
Seed Life Cycle
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color
Bloom Time
Late summer
Mature Height
24-48" tall
Ships As
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
Most of the United States
Seeds Per Pound
Seeds Per Packet
approx. 500 seeds per packet
covers 150 square feet
Soil Type
Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Moist / Wet
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Native, Great For Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
Planting & Care
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