Plants By Type
Cardinal Flower - Lobelia Cardinalis
Cardinal Flower is a beautiful red wildflower that is native to North America. It is usually found growing in naturally wet places like stream banks, river sides, ponds, or swamps. However, it makes a beautiful addition to any garden. The Cardinal's bright scarlet bloom, which was named after the fashionable cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church, make this plant stand out in any crowd of plants. It grows 1 to 4 feet tall with dark green foliage. The flower stalk forms erect spikes with numerous blooms at the top in mid-summer to early fall. Most other flowers have faded with the heat of the season by the time the Cardinal blooms. Birds and butterflies are attracted to this plant because of the nectar in the tubular blooms is easy access. This plant will continue to grow year after year, reseeding itself in the right conditions. The maintenance of this plant can be difficult at times for it needs perpetually wet soil to naturalize. This plant is poisonous and should not be eaten. It is however used as a medicinal plant. The Cherokees used it to ease coughs, soothe stomach aches, and dispel worms.