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Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes'

Cardinal Flower

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A chance seedling from Lobelia cardinalis, this selection shows increased vigor, strikingly deeper, darker foliage color and even more butterfly and hummingbird attracting power! June - August brilliant red flower spikes make this a summer must in any garden with its color and easy care nature. Since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers, Cardinal Flower depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination.

Benefits

Tremendous nectar source for hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies
Electric red flowers, blooms for several weeks in summer
Grows fast, more flowers than the species
Grows easily in wet soil
Plant in sun to moderate shade

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grow in average to moist soil in full sun to part shade. Grows best in wet, moist organically rich soil in shady areas. Mulch to keep soil moist.


Height
30-36 Inches

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Spread
24-30 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Found in ditches, ravines, woodlands edge, stream banks, roadsides, prairie, plains, meadows, pastures, savannahs, near lakes or ponds and in swamps.

Native Trivia

As the season progresses and the days grow hotter, the leaves remain maroon on the underside, but the tops turn dusky olive green with maroon highlights. Twentyfive to thirty blooming stems will appear on newly planted plants!


"More flower stems means more nectar for me and the hummingbirds!"

Good Companions
Turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Edging
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin