Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)

Hummingbirds love the bright red flowers on the tall stems. Very eye-catching when planted in a drift in a rain garden or other location with lots of moisture. Starts out as an inconspicuous clumped mat of leaves, and then shoots up before bursting with color.


Sun:    Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture:    Wet, Medium-Wet
Height:    4 feet
Blooms:    July, Aug, Sept
Color:    Red
Spacing:    12″
Zones:    3-9
Benefits:    Butterflies, Pollinators, Hummingbirds

Design Tips

A large mass of Cardinal Flower is truly stunning in a rain garden. Can be short-lived, so plant it in a moist spot with rich soil where it can re-seed.

Companion Plants

Great Blue Lobelia
Orange Coneflower
Blue Flag Iris
Fox Sedge