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Red blooming perennials attract wildlife
Red Cardinal Flower
Native to Mississippi, the red cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a favorite of hummingbirds.
Tall stalks produce an abundance of vivid red blooms from top to bottom in late summer when most other flowers are finished for the season.
Red cardinal flowers are hardy in growing zones 3-9 and grow best in partially shady areas that have moist soil. This red blooming flower naturalizes easily, is deer resistant and makes excellent cut flowers. It will reach a mature height of 3 feet and 18 inches wide.
Red blooming wildflowers create low-growing mounds and are short-lived
An attractive wildflower that produces a five-point bloom with narrow petals in a shade of bright red. Fire pink (Silene virginica) is a Canadian native and thrives in growing zones 4-8.
The plant creates low-growing mounds that send up slender stems that bear the red blooms. It’s a short-lived perennial plant due to its mounding habits unless it’s thinned out so it will have space to grow and good air circulation.
Fire pink grows best in partial shade and makes an ideal under-story plant. It’s drought tolerant and will adapt to most soil conditions.
Red Columbine is a hardy plant favorable to hummingbirds
Known by several different names, the columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) grows best in partial shade. This perennial blooming flower is hardy in growing zones 3-9 and is a favorite of many pollinators, including hummingbirds.
Drought tolerant, easy-care plants that will reach a mature height of around 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Naturally resistant to most pests, the worse that a leaf miner can do to combine plants is cause the green leaves to take on a variegated appearance, which adds to the beauty of the plant.
Deadhead spent blooms or the plant will re-seed prolifically and choke itself out within a few years.