Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower



Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis produces tall spikes of brilliant red blooms over glossy, bronze-tinted foliage from middle to late summer. Although typically red, the blooms may sometimes also be white, pink or rose.

A favorite of hummingbirds, Cardinal Flower is native to all but the northwestern tier of the United States. Lobelia cardinalis is usually found in moist locations such as along streams, in swamps, and low wooded areas.

Lobelia cardinalis prefers full sun to partial shade and humus-rich soils, but tolerates average soil. It is a great plant for moist and even boggy locations, pond or stream edges.

It blooms best in full sun, but appreciates some shade in hotter areas. Keep crowns free of debris in winter. Cardinal Flower may not be long-lived perennial, but it will self-sow where happy.


  • Common Names: Cardinal Flower
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers moist to wet soils
  • Height at Maturity: 36-48
  • Width at Maturity: 12-24
  • Bloom Color: Red
  • Bloom Time: Middle summer to early fall
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Hummingbirds.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Rabbits. Clay Soil. Coastal Conditions.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/22. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/29 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

We have a huge amount of orders to get through, so we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 10-7: Already started
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

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