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- Cardinal Flower-Lobelia cardinalis Hardy Planting Zones- 3-9 Sun or Shade – Partial Shade to Full Sun Mature Height - 3-4' Mature Width- 1-2' Bloom Season – Summer to Fall (July-September) Gardener Status- Novice
Red Cardinal Flower is a beautiful flower when in bloom
Buy Red Cardinal Flower from Tennessee Wholesale Nursery.
It will give you vibrant red blossoms to enjoy. They will brighten any flower garden or natural area. They will grow great in full sunlight and any lightly shaded area. This plant will thrive in moist soil conditions and will also grow well in regular soil. It will also attract those lovely little hummingbirds so you can enjoy watching them.
Botanical Latin Name: Lobelia Cardinalis
Common Name: Cardinal Flower
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Mature Height: 24 - 48 inches
Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Spacing: 6 - 12 inches
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Flowering Time: July, August, September
How Long It Flowers: Perennial
Flower Color: Red, white or rose
Soil Requirements: Wet, clay, sandy or loamy, mildly alkaline to mildly acidic soil.
Pruning: Prune off dying Cardinal Flower debris as it appears through the fall.
Flower Form: Each flower has three lower petals and two upper petals that all get pulled together at the base in a tube form. Dark green, lance-shaped leaves line the bottom half of the stem and tend to curl upward from their central veins. Cardinal flowers make the perfect addition to any open shady border areas, butterfly or hummingbird gardens, near ponds or streams, woodland or native plant gardens or wild gardens because of their many colors and aromatic fragrance.
Red Cardinal Flower is a poisonous plant
The entire plant of the Cardinal flower is considered poisonous, resulting in nausea, vomiting and stomach cramps if ingested. However, it does have traditional uses as a medicinal plant. The native Cherokees used the Cardinal flower for easing coughs, soothing stomach aches and to dispel worms. Interestingly, the dried and crushed root was often given to a prospective mate in a love potion. Today, the Cardinal flower is used in modern herbalism as a weaker substitute for related species, such as Lobelia inflata.
Red Cardinal Flower is grown in botanical gardens
For centuries, the Cardinal flower has warranted attention from anyone who has seen it. The early North American settlers immediately recognized its brilliance, and it was first sent to France by the French settlers to be grown in botanical gardens. Because of the Cardinal flower's striking beauty, over-harvesting has resulted in this sensitive plant, and it is rarely found in the wild. To grow the Cardinal flower in the garden is to preserve its legacy and fulfill an ecological niche.
Red Cardinal Flower