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Cardinal Flower: Lobelia cardinalis, or the cardinal flower, is a hardy, perennial native herbaceous flower that will catch the eye with its scarlet blossoms.
This plant originated in the lower midwest and mid-south regions, where it enjoyed the hot summer days and high relative humidity. However, it is also an adaptable species and can grow in almost every USDA growing zone in the United States.
Besides the cardinal flower, here are a few other common names for Lobelia cardinalis: water gladiola, scarlet flower, Indian pink, crimson bellflower, and cardinal bellflower.
This plant needs partial or full sun to produce the stunning cardinal red flowers that earned it its common name.
It is also more agreeable to soil with lots of moisture--it does not like to dry out. So if you have a pond, water garden, or rain garden, this perennial is ideal.
Otherwise, a layer of hardwood mulch will help it retain the high water level this beautiful plant craves.
The cardinal flower can reach a mature height of up to six feet tall. However, they generally stay between three and four feet.
Alternating, dark green leaves are oval-shaped with serrated edges and a narrow tip. Each leaf can measure four inches long. The central, singular stem is light green, deciduous, and sturdy.
The cardinal flowers put on their colorful show from late summer until early fall. The flowers form in a spike shape on the stem; each is tube-shaped, two-lipped, and about an inch and a half long. Although most cardinal flowers are the signature scarlet red, some may present as bright pink.
If you need a flower that loves the hot summer sun and humid conditions, TN Nursery recommends the cardinal flower. This lovely plant is impressive in its beauty and well-suited to those growing conditions--order yours today.
Posted by Byron Pendergrass on Dec 23, 2020
My granny had these around her Creek when I was a kid I ordered 10 I’m so proud of them they love water so make sure you keep them near water
Posted by Greg Hoofer on Jun 10, 2020
Received items, everything looks good, nice size roots. Just put in ground. Will let you know.
Posted by Elizabeth Bonnet on May 18, 2020
Always pleased with my purchases at TN Nursery.
Posted by Sue Voiles on Jan 25, 2020
Love this plant, it had beautiful delicate red blossoms.
Posted by Gail Sounders on Aug 26, 2019
Looks great in my gardens! Very pleased with this plant.
Posted by Deann Brown on Aug 26, 2019
good plants at great prices. My plants come in excellent condition.
Posted by Melinda Sweeton on Aug 22, 2019
This are just stunning.
Posted by Kayla Long on Aug 15, 2019
My plants arrived quickly. The instructions were very easy to follow.
Posted by Danny Crabb on Aug 15, 2019
I am very satisfied with the quality of these plants.
We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.
We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.
Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.
Red cardinal flower, Lobelia Cardinalis, has beautiful flowers...