Lobella - Cardinal Flower


Lobelia x speciosa 'Fan Burgundy'

Cardinal flower typically grows in moist locations along streams, sloughs, springs, swamps and in low wooded areas. A somewhat short-lived, clump-forming perennial which features erect, terminal spikes (racemes) of large, cardinal red flowers on unbranched, alternate-leafed stalks rising typically to a height of 2-3' (infrequently to 4'). Tubular flowers are 2-lipped, with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than the two lobes of the upper lip. Finely-toothed, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 4" long). Late summer bloom period. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, but not cardinals.

Feed: 10-10-10 Just before and during the plants active growing cycle. Fertilization should begin just prior to new growth and end three or four weeks before the first frost.

Prune: Needs to self seed, cut back in Early Spring

Notes: It is especially dangerous for children, the elderly, pregnant women, & anyone who suffers from lung disease, asthma, epilepsy, high blood pressure, or a heart condition.


Height: 36 inches

Spread: 18 inches

Blooming: Mid Summer; Late Summer

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Sun Exposure: Part Shade, Full Sun