Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

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Description

Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a native perennial considered one of Illinois' Best Plants. Growing 2 to 3 feet tall, cardinal flower is blooming at the water's edge of Spider Island, where it can grow in full sun because the soil is constantly moist. Hummingbirds searching for nectar are especially fond of the cardinal flower's tubular red flowers.

Soil
Moist
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Partial Shade
Bloom Time
May - June, July - August
Bloom Color
Red
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Perennial
Hardiness Zone
3 - 9