Cardinal flower is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, but not cardinals. With its brilliant red blossoms, Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, is aptly named. It grows best in moist, even wet soil in light shade to full sun and will thrive along the margin of a garden pool. Once established, it usually will re-seed itself assuring future nectar for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Provides late summer bloom to the perennial border, wild garden, native plant garden or woodland garden.
Excellent for butterfly or bird (hummingbird) gardens. Also effective near ponds or streams. An individual stalk of Cardinal Flower continues to blossom for several weeks. By the time the flowers at the top of the stalk are open, the older flowers at the base have already set seed.
All of our woodland plants grow naturally on rich, moist forest floors and are perfectly suited for your garden. Add them to an existing wooded area or create your own woodland garden. Dappled shade and humus-rich soil provide perfect growing conditions.