Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Height: 2 to 4'

Container Size: Quart

Bloom Time: July to September

Bloom Color: Red

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Rich, medium to wet soil.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Other Names: Indian Pink

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Clusters of vibrant red, tube-like flowers top the stalks of this striking summer-flowering perennial. Cardinal Flower is found naturally in wet areas such as streambanks and swamps, so in the garden it prefers moist, rich soil. This plant is clump-forming, and can be divided every 2-3 years to spread throughout your garden or share with friends. Interestingly, several Native American tribes utilized Cardinal Flower for medicinal purposes, and the Pawnee even used parts to make a love charm! (Although we cannot attest to its effectiveness…) Cardinal Flower supports and attracts the ruby-throated hummingbird, its main pollinator, making it the perfect garden addition for any hummingbird enthusiast.


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2 to 4'

Container Size


Bloom Time

July to September

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Rich, medium to wet soil.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

Indian Pink

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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