Vol. 11 Issue 1, Spring 2006
By Nicole Hamilton
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is a native, annual wetland plant that favors marshes, stream banks and low woods, although it will grow well in the garden with moist conditions and mulch.
The stunning red flowers bloom late July through early October and open gradually on two- to four-foot spikes.
They are a real favorite of our Ruby–throated Hummingbirds, which readily pollinates it while sipping the nectar.
If grown in a place it likes, the Cardinal flower will readily reseed itself and spread. Cardinal flowers are a member of the Bluebell family.