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Red Cardinal Flower

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USDA Zones 3-9
Ships March 2023

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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 12 reviews
  • 4
    Cardinal Flowers

    Apr 03, 2021 Reviewer: Susan Douglas

    The plants arrived in great condition. I ordered 10, but only received 9.

  • 4
    Cardinal Flower

    Mar 26, 2021 Reviewer: Debra Van Briesen

    These arrived looking good with a healthy root system. I would have given 5 stars except for the shipping time. The options for many were either "Now" or "Fall", on this flower; the only option was "Now". I had assumed this meant "Spring" but at the time appropriate for my zone. I am zone 4B in Southh Dakota. The plants arrived quickly and showed up on March 23. We still have nights below freezing and some snow in places. It'll be 4 - 6 weeks before these can be planted outside. I'll have to pot them and hope they are ok in the house until then....

  • 5
    Healthy plant

    Jun 18, 2020 Reviewer: Baker

    Healthy, happy plant arrived bare-root in a sealed sandwich ziploc bag. I kept the plant indoors until I felt it was the appropriate temperature to be planted outside. Unfortunately, it fell prey to the local deer and wasn't too happy with the soil in my yard and died, but I was very happy with the cardinalflower when it arrived!

  • 4
    Red Cardinal Plant

    Apr 16, 2020 Reviewer: Linda Weedman

    Plants appeared healthy with good root system. They were fairly good size.

  • 5
    cardinal flower

    Apr 09, 2020 Reviewer: Pat Bloomfield

    Fast shipping. Thanks!

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