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Cardinal Flower
Scientific Name: Lobelia cardinalis L.
Synonym: Lobelia fulgens, Lobelia splendens
Family: Campanulaceae
Cardinal Flower (Lobelia  cardinalis)
Robert H. Mohlenbrock. USDA SCS. 1989. Midwest wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide to plant species.
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-7,12-17
USDA: 5-10

Heat Tolerance: Afternoon shade in hot areas

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: Eastern USA, southwestern USA in mountainous areas

Growth Habits: Herbaceous perennial, single-stemmed to 2 to 4 feet tall (60-120 cm)

Watering Needs: Bog plant, needs continuous moisture


The Cardinal Flower is poisonous.
The genus was named after the Flemish botanist, Matthias de L'Obel (1538-1616).

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 300.

Blooming Habits:
Delicate red flowers in a terminal raceme, up to 2 feet long (60 cm) or more.

Fruiting Habits:

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