Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower photo The deep scarlet spikes of this hardy perennial begin blooming in mid- August. A delicate and showy flower when alone or clumped together, they are very alluring to humans and butterflies and all things that hum or buzz. The plant grows a single rosette the first year, and the second spring many multiples come back. Cardinal Flowers take up very little space and we plant them closely, 8 inches apart, so they can support each other in full bloom.
Grow specs: 2-3 feet. Any garden soil. Full sun to light shade. The plant has been used as a nerve tonic as well as for general malaise, syphilis typhoid and worms.   (Photo © Steven Foster)

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