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Lobelia cardinalis
Lobelia cardinalis
Common Name: Cardinal Flower
Tremendous nectar source for hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies Electric red flowers, blooms for several weeks in summer Excellent cut flower Grows easily in wet soil Plant in sun to moderate shade

Brilliant red spikes set against green and purple-bronze colored foliage. Each individual spike of scarlet flowers opens from bottom to top and stays in bloom for several weeks. Hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies love the nectar. Since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers, Cardinal Flower depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination.

Height: 24-48 Inches
Spread: 18-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8