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Cardinal Flower
Cardinal Flower
Lobelia
  cardinalis

 
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.

Hybrid Cardinal flower

    

 

Requirements:

Soil Type - Clay to sandy loams
Soil ph - Neutral to slightly acidic
Water - Moist - never dry
Light - Partial shade to full sun

fill Characteristics:

Height - Hybrids - Up to 4 ft.
              Wild - up to 2 ft.
Time of bloom - July-Sept
Flower colors - Intense Scarlet
Propagation - Division
Transplants - Easily


wild 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.
 
 
Wild Cardnial Flowers