• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide

Cardinal Flower

Botanical Name
Lobelia cardinalis
Hardiness
Zones 3 to 9
Height
3 to 4 feet
Width
2 feet
Flowers
Early to late summer: red, pink, white, salmon, cream
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, well-drained, rich
Planting & Care
  • Cardinal flower prefers part shade, but tolerates full sun where grown in cool summers
  • This plant needs consistent moisture, apply a layer of organic matter as a mulch to retain soil moisture
  • Self-sows readily, but because it is a somewhat short-lived perennial, this is an asset
  • In spring or fall divide basal rosettes that form around the base of the parent plant
  • Pinch back plants for sturdier stems and bushier growth
  • Cut plants back in spring
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Alba - white flowers
  • Rosea - pink flowers
  • Angel Song - salmon and cream flowers
  • Arabella's Vision - bright red flowers

Related Content

Upcoming Appearances


Jan. 13, 2021
Houseplants - Tips for Success
Webinar

 Register today

Jan. 20, 2021
Growing Herbs Indoors
Webinar

Register today

Jan. 27, 2021
Low Maintenance Houseplants
or Low Light Situations
Webinar

Register today

Feb. 3, 2021
Organic Control for 
Houseplant Pests
Webinar

Register today

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Win The Great Courses' Container Gardening Tips & Techniques DVD set

ENTER NOW