Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis


In Stock
Key Features

2 to 4'

Container Size


Bloom Time

July, August, September

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium, Moist, Wet

Soil Type

Rich, medium to wet soil.

Hardiness Zone

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Light Requirements

Part shade, Part Sun, Full sun

  • Description

    Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is found naturally in wet areas such as streambanks and swamps, so in the garden it prefers moist, rich soil. Clusters of vibrant red, tube-like flowers top the stalks of this striking summer-flowering perennial. This plant is clump-forming, and can be divided every 2-3 years to spread throughout your garden or share with friends. Interestingly, several Native American tribes utilized Cardinal Flower for medicinal purposes, and the Pawnee even used parts to make a love charm! (Although we cannot attest to its effectiveness…) Cardinal Flower supports and attracts the ruby-throated hummingbird, its main pollinator, making it the perfect garden addition for any hummingbird enthusiast.

  • Shipping Information

    We ship from two locations:

    • Maryland – Our nursery in Maryland is perfectly located to serve the Eastern United States within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Maryland location if you live east of Ohio.

    • Illinois – Our nursery in Illinois is perfectly located to serve the Midwestern United states within a 2-3 day shipping window. You will receive the most reasonable shipping rates from our Illinois location if you live west of West Virginia.

    Not all plants are offered at both locations. You can find more information on our products and packaging on the Shipping Information page.

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