Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Host Plant: none

Nectar Plant: hummingbirds and other butterflies

Flower Color: red, rarely white to pink

Growth Habit: Herbaceous perennial that grows to 5 feet tall.

Range in North America: Most of North America except for the northwest.

Exposure: Full Sun to partial shade

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Soil Requirements: moist soil with a high organic content

Indian Pink and Lobelia

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), a member of the Campanulaceae (Bellflower Family), is a herbaceous perennial that grows to 5 feet tall and has red flowers that bloom in the summer to fall.  It can rarely have a pink to white flower.

Cardinal flower is a nectar plant for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Cardinal flower is often found on streambanks, wet meadows, and places that are wet.  It is native to most of North America, except for the northwest.

The name of the plant refers to the resemblance of the flower color to Roman Catholic Cardinal’s robes.

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