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Red Cardinal Flower

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USDA Zones 3-9
Ships March 2024

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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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Growing Zones:
  • 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 19 reviews
  • 5
    Cardinal Flower

    Mar 16, 2023 Reviewer: Michael George

    Plants look great- roots are strong and price was good. I recieved several email offers of free shipping after I placed order and called twice and left messages asking if the free shipping could be applied to my existing order, but it must have been not possible because it wasn't applied.

  • 5
    Plants arrived

    Mar 10, 2023 Reviewer: chuck Morley

    My plants arrived quickly and in excellent shape. I am anxiously arriving their full blooming.

  • 4
    Cardinal Flowers

    Mar 17, 2022 Reviewer: GARY BAXTER

    I received them last week, March 11. I planted them after soaking them in water, then planting them in a new raised bed. They were very healthy, green, and very small. But, they were delivered in good shape. I guess I'll see how they progress after spring rain this Friday, March 18. I did get a Soil Sample from the University of Georgia for my perennials. I had to add fertilizer to all my beds to bring my pH from 6.8 to 6.0. The Cardinal plants hopefully will grow to be as beautiful as this picture.

  • 5
    arrived in excellent condition.

    Mar 17, 2022 Reviewer: J. Quigley

    My humming birds will enjoy these. Planted as soon as I opened them.

  • 3
    Arrived very early

    Mar 17, 2022 Reviewer: Christy

    The plants arrived on mid March, looking healthy but very early. Western New York is still frozen in March. I potted and watered the plants and the next day they looked flat and dead. I hope they come back :(

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