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.