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    Lobelia cardinalis

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    Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Cardinal Flower flowers

    Cardinal Flower flowers

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Cardinal Flower in bloom

    Cardinal Flower in bloom

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Plant Height:  24 inches

    Flower Height:  3 feet

    Spacing:  20 inches

    Sunlight:  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  3b

    Ornamental Features

    Cardinal Flower features showy spikes of scarlet flowers rising above the foliage from mid summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its pointy leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Cardinal Flower is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

    This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Self-Seeding

    Cardinal Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use

    Planting & Growing

    Cardinal Flower will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity extending to 3 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 3 years.

    This plant should be grown in a location that is shaded from the hot afternoon sun. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
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    Characteristics
    Massing  Garden 
    Applications
    Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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