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Red Cardinal Flower

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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 25 reviews
  • 5
    Red Cardinal Flower

    Feb 16, 2024 Reviewer: Tina

    The little guys were leafed with a great root system. They were so healthy. This is the second time I have ordered them and had similar delightful results both times.

  • 3
    Cardinal Flower

    May 02, 2023 Reviewer: Amy Powell

    Ordered three, 5 arrived but all looking pretty beat up in transit (along with some other things I ordered). I put them in a pot under a grow light and 2 survived to be transplanted into the garden. We shall see if they bloom!

  • 5
    Red Cardinal Flower

    Mar 24, 2023 Reviewer: Linda Perruso

    Love this plant. Beautiful blooms. And it spreads.

  • 4
    Cardinal flower

    Mar 23, 2023 Reviewer: Terrie balko

    2 out of 3 plants perfect. The third had good roots though the leaves on the third were not as healthy

  • 4
    Live Cardinal Flower ( lobelia)

    Mar 21, 2023 Reviewer: Kellie Romanowski

    Recently placed an order with Native Wildflowers Nursery, I ordered a group of Cardinal Flowers, they were shipped quickly & I got an email to let me know. They were packaged well & in good condition. I’m trying to incorporate more native plants into my landscape and they have everything I need & their prices are reasonable.

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