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.
  • Other Features: Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

Spring 2023 Shipping Schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.

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