Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis


Common name: Cardinal Flower

This lovely native species is an excellent choice for moist to wet sites. Very tall, upright spikes of true fire-red flowers are presented atop the green foliage and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 


Our perennials come nestled in a 4" square CowPot with a free metal plant ID marker. Learn more about why we think CowPots are so awesome here.


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  • Features & Care

    Attracts:     Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds
Resists:      Deer, Rabbits

    Zone:         3 - 9

    Height:      24" - 48"

    Width:       12" - 24"

    Light:         Full / Part Sun

    Blooms:     Late Summer to Fall

    Flowers:    Cut
    Water:       Average needs
Soil:           Moist, well-drained, tolerates wet soil

Native:       Native species

  • How to Plant

    CowPots are made from composted cow manure. As the pot decomposes, it feeds the roots of the plant helping it get off to a great start. We like to say the perennials think they're delicious and nutritious! :-)

    You will plant the pot along with the plant. No need to put holes in the pot or remove the bottom. It decomposes faster than all other non-plastic pot options and the roots easily push through.

    Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the soil in the pot matches the soil line in the garden. Ensure that soil is pressed against the pot on all sides and the bottom. Keep the area inside and outside the pot moist (but not soggy) for 3 to 4 weeks until the plant is established.


  • Shipping Information

    We ship to the 48 continental US states only.

    Spring shipping begins in April and continues until temperatures make shipping prohibitive (typically late June through August). Fall shipping begins in September through mid-October. Shipping may be held up due to cold or hot temperatures, or extreme wet conditions.

    Check to see that our email address doesn't get sent to your spam folder. Not just because we're a lot of fun to hear from, but so your shipping notification and tracking info comes through, too. :-)

  • Awards, Credits, Patents

    Winner: Award of Gardent Merit

    Photo: Denis Barthel / CC BY-SA 4.0