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Red Cardinal Flower

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USDA Zones 3-9
Ships March 2025

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The Beautiful Red Cardinal Flower


The Red Cardinal flower is one of the most exciting garden flowers today blooms from July through September. The Red Cardinal Flower (known by the botanical name Lobelia cardinalis) prefers moist, damp soils. Native to Missouri, it thrives from Southeastern Canada across the eastern half of the United States, into the Southwest, Mexico, and Central America.
The plant does very well across a broad spectrum of gardening zones between 3 and 9. However, it does not demand daily attention.

The Red Cardinal Flower prefers full sunlight but thrives in partial shade in drier locations.

Hummingbirds and butterflies both find its brilliant five-lobed blooms appealing.
This beautiful, hardy flower withstands foraging deer and rabbits better than many other garden blossoms. It makes an exceptionally smart choice for use in damp spots beside waterways and ponds. It will survive heavy rainfalls, making it an attractive selection in areas prone to occasionally waterlogged soil. (Although it does grow well in Canada, horticultural experts suggest protecting its roots with mulch during cold winters.)
Avid gardeners in many locations add this lovely perennial to their yards to enjoy brilliant scarlet blooms. Its vibrant red petals help it stand out distinctively. Consider planting it to infuse bright color into the vicinity and attract butterflies into your garden!

Red Cardinal Flower, Lobelia Cardinalis grow in moist and even wetland areas and has bright red flowers that usually appear around May. 

The Cardinal Flower can grow in the sun or part shade and does require a lot of water. This flower has been very popular for picking due to its beautiful red blooms. Hummingbirds love this flower. This perennial flower will return every year without replanting.


The Red Cardinal Flower is shipped bare root.

  • USDA Zones 3-9
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  • Color: Red
  • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • Height: 2-4 feet
  • Exposure: Sun & Shade
  • Ships As: Root/Rhizome
  • Warranty: 1 Year
Customer Reviews
4.0 Based on 30 reviews
  • 2
    cardinal flower

    May 22, 2024 Reviewer: peter lawrence

    arrived droopy. roots looked ok. gardener planted them. we’ll see how they do.

  • 5
    Better than expected

    May 19, 2024 Reviewer: Sherry C

    The plants were healthy and in great condition. They arrived quickly. Excited to watch them grow now!

  • 5
    Red Cardinal Flower Plant

    May 09, 2024 Reviewer: Thomas Ryder

    I am very satisfied with all aspects of the order that I placed with Native Wildflowers Nursery. I had questions about the order and made two calls to Native Wildflowers Nursery and both calls were answered by a very helpful "LIVE" person, not an automated system which is rare now. Thank you for that. I ordered 10 plants and received 13! Bonus! Another thank you. I will happily order from Native Wildflowers Nursery again.

  • 5
    The plants came within a reasonable time period, and look clean and healthy.

    May 01, 2024 Reviewer: Cheri F Collins

    I planted them as part of a small rain garden. I'm looking forward to seeing them mature!

  • 5
    Red Cardinal Flowers

    Apr 23, 2024 Reviewer: JThomas

    Plants arrived quickly and in good condition. They just went into the ground, but seem to be adjusting well.

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