Lobelia cardinalis / Cardinal flower


A brilliantly scarlet wildflower, co-evolved with hummingbirds for pollination. Also sought out by butterflies. Evolved for life in streambeds and swamps but makes a fine garden perennial under most conditions. Vivid floral spikes bloom for an extended period of time in mid-summer. Less preferred by deer but sometimes browsed.

Height: 2′ – 4′        Blooms: July – August

Siting: Average to moist soil, part sun to part shade

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Provenance: NJ


BONAP 2022 Lobelia cardinalis Native Range Map

Additional information


Three inch pot