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  • Habitat and Distribution: Lobelia cardinalis is native to North America and can be found in a variety of wetland habitats, including marshes, stream banks, and wet meadows. It is primarily distributed in the eastern and central parts of the continent.
  • Plant Description: Cardinal flower is a herbaceous perennial plant that typically grows to a height of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 centimeters). It has lance-shaped, toothed leaves that are arranged alternately along the stem. The plant produces vibrant, tubular-shaped flowers with bright red petals. The flowers are borne on tall, sturdy stems and attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Ecological Importance: Lobelia cardinalis is an important plant for pollinators, especially hummingbirds. The bright red flowers are specifically adapted to attract these birds, which play a vital role in the plant's pollination. The plant also provides habitat and food sources for various insects and small animals.
  • Cultivation: Cardinal flower is a popular choice for wetland gardens, rain gardens, and naturalized areas. It prefers moist to wet soil conditions and can tolerate partial shade to full sun. Regular watering is important to keep the soil consistently moist. The plant can be propagated through seeds or division. It is important to note that cardinal flower requires proper moisture and may not be suitable for dry or arid environments.
  • Ornamental Value: Lobelia cardinalis is prized for its vibrant, eye-catching flowers, making it a desirable addition to gardens and landscapes. Its striking red blooms provide a pop of color and attract attention from both humans and pollinators. It is commonly used in water gardens, bog gardens, or as a specimen plant in mixed perennial beds.
  • SPREAD 45-60 CM
  • HEIGHT 50-70 CM

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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