|North of the Adirondacks
An Unusual Site Planted by a Blooming Looneytic
That survive colder winters than my wife's feet
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A favorite of Hummingbirds, Cardinal Flowers are the essence of red. Garden hybrids have not enhanced the color but the plants are far more robust. Unfortunatly the hybrids are not as winter hardy.
All Cardinal Flowers require moist, not saturated soil and will tolerate dry conditions for only a short time.
Soil Type - Clay to sandy loams
Height - Hybrids - Up to 4 ft.
|Wild Cardinal Flowers
Wild Cardinal Flowers are scattered over the north country and are easy to find while in bloom.
The best locations to explore are along the shores of the Raquette River in Stone Valley and the reservoirs up-river.
It is possible to find rarer Blue Gentians in the same general area.