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Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis
Campanulaceae

Red Swish

Outstanding vivid winged scarlet flowers on slender spikes from August through September, basal rosette of 1-4" leaves all year, short-lived perennial that forms rosettes of new plants from the base, does well along ditches or streams, does not tolerate being completely covered by leaves or mulch all winter, will self sow in favorable conditions, clay tolerant attracts butterflies & hummingbirds like crazy, a good rain garden plant. It's downright startling to encounter a bright patch of these "humming" with hummingbirds in the deep woods!

Average To Moist
Sun To Shade
2-5' tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 2a-9b
Perennial
Deer Resistant

Native range: NB, s. ON, MN, & NB, south to FL, TX, s. CA & into Mexico. Rare in FL & NY

Germination - Moderately Difficult: Cold Stratify 6 weeks. Tiny seed. Surface sow

Cardinal Flower Seed Packet $4.00
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