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Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

  • Full sun to part shade
  • Most often found along shorelines in uncultivated settings, will grow in average garden settings as well. Often short lived (2 to 5 years).
  • 24" to 48" tall, 8" to 16" wide.
  • Garden, meadow and shoreline settings.

I’m pretty sure that these are the most intensely red blooms to ever have graced my garden. I’ve found them relatively easy to grow, but I know that this isn’t the case for everyone. They do tend to be one of the shorter-lived perennials, anywhere from 2 to 5 years. The very first one I planted was rather unceremoniously tucked into an unenriched patch of dry shade in my urban yard, after being purchased from a native plant sale before I actually had the new gardens prepared. It grew and flowered anyway, becoming the ancestor of most of the plants pictured here. In general, they seem to like company, rather than any bare earth around them, a half of a day or so of sun, or all-day dappled sun, and either steady or intermittent moisture. They do just fine with seasonal flooding as well. Blooming season is August and they have grown anywhere from 18” to 40” tall, seemingly dependent on the height of their neighbours as much as any other factor.

The Online Plant Nursery will re-open for orders on Tuesday, May 17th

Pickups will begin the following week.

I will be offering plug sized plants for $1.25 each or 5 for $5. 

I'm in the process of adding species that I expect to offer this spring to the listings since they are starting to germinate and I'm starting to get an idea of which will be available in abundant quantities.

Since the list is much longer this year I've added several categories to help narrow down your options based on a variety of criteria.

For those who have already adopted seedlings, planting instructions can be found here.