Cardinal Flower Black Truffle

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A unique take on a classic Cardinal Flower favorite, Black Truffle’s bright red blooms contrast beautifully with near-black foliage. Like other Cardinal Flower, this easy-care variety is deer resistant and attracts butterflies and bees to the garden. Native to North America, give this perennial full sun and it will soon become one of your showiest and easiest varieties in the garden. The unique blooms and dramatic foliage also make this an amazing cut flower; it also blooms all the way through to fall!
Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size36-48" tall , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
SizePlant - 3" Pot
SKUAM015121

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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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Plant Information
The stunning Cardinal Flower is one of our most famous native plants, and usually called Americas most vivid native flower. Each summer, brilliant red Cardinal Flower lights up the August woods all over the east, and new generations of hikers are always thrilled when they come across it in our forests. Of course, the fact that it does not bloom in spring, but adds color later, makes it of huge value in a wild garden.

This famous plant is native all the way from Quebec and Minnesota south to Florida and Texas. It is so beautiful it is over picked and now quite rare in some areas. However, if conditions are right (wet, mostly) it will grow easily, even in full sun, but is usually found as a woodland beauty along streambanks or near ponds where the soil is always moist. It is even happy growing right in the shallow water of small creeks and brooks.

This tells you that you must supply constant moisture for Cardinal Flower, and if you do, the rewards are spectacular.

Growing Lobelia cardinalis Allen Armitage, the famous perennial expert writes in his Armitages Native Plants that Cardinal Flower is a short lived perennial but if...(conditions are good)... it will return many years. This is correct. It is not difficult to grow at all; it is simply difficult to maintain a clump of plants over the years, unless you are attentive. Armitage tells us he believes the plants do best in full sun. I found the opposite growing them in Vermont. But sun or shade, the most important item is the moisture. The roots should never really dry out. We had many growing along a small brook in the middle of a wooded garden (See photo above). All went well, and the plants performed with bigger and bigger flower spikes each year, until.....we had a spring flood one year. The brook raged out of its banks, and the rushing water uprooted all the plants and swept them away. So that year, we had to start over with new plants. They have very shallow roots, and come out of the mud easily.

This wild beauty is one that you must watch, and you'll learn to love it. It grows quickly and easily, but it has two very powerful enemies--people who love to pick it, destroying the display, and either too little or too much (rushing) water.

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SKUAM015121
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Cardinal Flower
Botanical Name
Lobelia cardinalis
Zones
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Red
Mature Height
36-48" tall
Estimated Mature Spread
24-36" 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
Nearly black foliage that fades to deep maroon.
Advantages
Native
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada
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