Red Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis
Climate Zone: 3 to 9
Mature Height: 2 to 4 Feet
Mature Width: 1 to 2 Feet
Sunlight: Prefers Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Conditions: Prefers Medium Moisture to Wet Soil
Botanical Name: Lobelia cardinalis
Red Cardinal Flower is native to Canada, Mexico, and the United States. This flower does well in wet soils around ponds, lakes, streams, and bogs. It can tolerate full sun but does better with shade. Cardinal flower can be found adding color to the wetlands. This flower does well where humid conditions are available. It can grow up to four feet and two feet wide. It has the botanical name Lobelia Cardinalis.
More people are finding this plant popping up in herbal stores. The leaves can be ground down to help with stomach issues, syphilis. One can also use this plant as a substitution for tobacco products. It grows in different colors such as red, pink or white. It can be seen growing during June, July through September. It can be blended in with other plants or stand out as a focal point. This is one of the most beautiful wetland plants available.
The red cardinal flower is a beautiful, vibrant wildflower that is native to eastern North America.
Hardy and resilient, the cardinal flower can be an excellent addition to any garden, provided that it is planted and cared for correctly. Cardinal flowers should be planted in full sun or locations with morning sun and afternoon shade. They grow best in fertile, wet soil so creating a mixture that is equal parts soil and compost is recommended for planting.
The hole for planting should be twice the width of the roots and deep enough to cover the roots completely. The holes should be approximately one foot apart from each other. After placing the plant inside the hole, your compost/soil mixture should be tamped in around the roots.
It is crucial that these plants are kept in very moist soil during the growing season, although the plant prefers drier soil during the cold winter months. Mulch can be placed around the base of the plant to help retain moisture.
Red Cardinal flower ship bare root from March through late October
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