A top performer that is perfect for the late summer garden, Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) is a popular, upright perennial which typically produces a profusion of spikes of large, brilliant, cardinal red flowers on erect, alternate-leafed stalks rising above a rosette of lance-shaped dark green leaves from midsummer to early fall. Quite an architectural plant which adds vertical interest to the landscape! Extremely hardy, low care, and fairly pest and disease-free, Cardinal Flower tends to be short-lived, although it may self-seed in ideal growing conditions (without becoming invasive)!
- Generally growing 2-4 feet tall (60-120 cm) and spreading 1-2 ft. (30-60 cm), this clump-forming Lobelia thrives in rich, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Appreciates some shade from hot afternoon sun and loves a lot of moisture. Tolerates damp soils and poor drainage!
- A welcomed addition to beds, borders, wild gardens, butterfly gardens, cottage gardens and near ponds or streams.
- A magnet for hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial insects, it is deer and rabbit resistant!
- Won the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
Kniphofia rooperi and Lobelia cardinalis at Chanticleer - Lisa Roper
- Deadhead for a neat appearance, encourage rebloom or prevent any undesired reseeding. Pinch back for bushier and more compact plants. Do not cut back in the fall, mulch lightly. Divide plants every 2-3 years.
- Ingestion may cause discomfort