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Red Cardinal Flower: a Hummingbird Favorite

Cardinal Flower A Delightful Dish For Hummingbirds

Lobelia cardinalis, better known as the cardinal flower, is an American wildflower from Southeast Canada through the United States and down to northern Columbia. It is shaped like a spike with dark green leaves that contain bright red tube-like flowers.

Cardinal flowers can grow up to 4 ft. Tall. The leaves have jagged edges that can be up to 8 inches long. The cardinal flower likes to be grown in moist, fertile soil. It also prefers part shade. The plant is hardy from USDA zones 2-9. It may not be reliably hardy in zone 2, however.

The ruby-throated hummingbird loves the nectar of the cardinal flower and is one of the plant's primary pollinators. The Cardinal flower is believed to have been introduced to Europe around 1620. It is supposed to have gotten its name from the red color of the vestments of Roman Catholic Cardinals.

Traditional Uses for the Cardinal Flower

The cardinal flower is a lovely wildflower and garden plant. The Cardinal flower was used in days gone by as a medicinal plant by the native people of North America. Indigenous people made a tea of the root of the plant as a treatment for syphilis and intestinal problems. Drinks made from the plant's leaves were used to treat colds and bronchial distress and prevent cold and flu symptoms. Dried leaves of the cardinal plant were used as a substitute for tobacco and were smoked and chewed. The Zuni people made a cake of the plants, which were then used to treat swelling and arthritis. Any member of the genus Lobelia is potentially toxic. Studies have been done using Lobelia as a treatment for neurological disorders with no conclusive medical results.

Growing the Cardinal Flower

Keep the cardinal flower well-watered. It prefers shade in the afternoon. Deadhead the flowers to keep the plant blooming. Pinch the tops of the plant back to make a bushier plant.

Because the cardinal flower is a short-lived perennial, it is helpful to know how to propagate the plant and keep it an active part of your flower garden. You can also plant the ripe seeds elsewhere. Divide the plant every two to three years to keep the plant blooming and growing. Please do not cut the plants back in the fall, but allow them to self-seed.

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25 Colorful Wildflowers - Mixture Selected For Your Zone - TN Nursery

25 Colorful Wildflowers - Mixture Selected For Your Zone

With our exquisite selection of wildflower plants, enter a world of untouched beauty and wonder. These beautiful plants can transform your garden into a vibrant tapestry of colors and textures, creating a haven for pollinators, wildlife, and yourself. Bring nature a little closer with colorful wildflowers. Perfect for cozy cottages and professional landscapers, this blend of plants is ready to stand out. 25 Colorful Wildflowers for Low Maintenance Gardens This assortment showcases the endless energy of nature in a convenient package. The more, the merrier, and this collection takes the headache out of picking and buying individual plants. These gorgeous flowers are ready to boost your creative vision for a knock-out display and beautiful bouquets. Landscaping Benefits Of These Perennials A mix of different plants keeps maintenance simple through the growing season. Since all 25 species won’t bloom at the same time, one planting can create a wave of alternating colors that don’t require frequent replacement over the spring and summer. This helps prevent bare patches or drab beds professionals may need to fill with other plants. Easy Cottage Gardening Favorites At TN Nursery While these flowers look beautiful in formal gardens, few plants fit the popular cottage core aesthetic like the mix in this package. The vibrant range introduces whimsy and charm to any outdoor space, whether that’s formal beds, large planters, or informal plots. This is a wonderful option for new enthusiasts or experienced gardeners seeking exuberant variety to bring their cottage core dreams to life. Extra Benefits These blooms are perfect for the gardener who wants more guests to visit. Not only do the flowers create a warm and welcoming environment for human visitors, but they are fantastic draws for pollinators. A wildflower bed is one of the best ways to entice nature a little closer to home. This collection may help support local bees, and butterflies enjoy them, too. As the flowers turn to seeds, you may want to take up bird watching. Dedicated birding enthusiasts can take advantage of this pack by pairing it with other bird-friendly features like a birdbath to encourage more traffic. Plant near a window for the best views. Celebrate with colors, and add a touch of the wild to this year’s garden design. This mix takes the guesswork out of selection; its variety keeps things interesting, and there’s nothing as classic as a fragrant collection of nature’s favorites.

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Cardinal Flower - TN Nursery

Cardinal Flower

The Red Cardinal Flower has vibrant red blooms and tall, erect stalks; it adds a splash of color and a touch of elegance to gardens, parks, and various outdoor spaces. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, it brings several advantages, making it a popular choice for landscapers and gardeners. Cardinal Flower The scarlet-hued Lobelia cardinalis is a perennial in the bellflower family. Its tall, nectar-filled flower spikes attract hummingbirds and create a beautiful display in your garden. The plant's common name refers to the red robes a Roman Catholic cardinal wears.     Natural Habitat Of The Cardinal Flower Lobelia is native to the North and South American continents and blooms from July through September. This moisture-loving plant grows on stream banks and in low woods, marshes, and meadows across the United States. Appearance Of The Perennial If you want to create a handsome show in your garden, Lobelia is sure to delight. The plant's fiery spires yield brilliant red blooms that open gradually from the bottom to the top of their racemes. Each long, narrow, tube-shaped blossom has two flat upper petals and three lower petals that spread out at the tips. The delicate plant crown leafy 2’-4' stems, covered with shiny, lance-shaped, bright green leaves that sometimes have a bronze or reddish tint. The leaves alternate as they climb the stems, enhancing the blooms to create a lively riot of color. In the Garden Lobelia is a favorite of gardeners who love adding bold splashes of crimson to their garden. This plant is perfect for shady woodland plots, wet meadow plantings, water gardens, pollinator gardens, and rain gardens. Its long stems can add height to borders and create depth when placed in the back sections of your landscape. The blossoms are most spectacular from midsummer into fall, and they make excellent cut blooms. Ecology Of The Perennials Some people say that Lobelia will bring hummingbirds in from the sky. The plant's blooming period is in sync with the late-summer migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds who are traveling south to Mexico. The birds pollinate the plant by dipping their beaks into the plants' long, red tubes. The blossoms are also very attractive to swallowtail butterflies and bees, making them a wonderful centerpiece in a pollinator garden. Shop TN Nursery Today  When you want to make a bold, beautiful statement in your garden, be sure to include Lobelia in your plan and celebrate the summer season.

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