Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis)
    Bellflower Family
    Brilliant, velvety red blooms draw hummingbirds and other nectar lovers over several weeks. Flowering starts at the bottom of the stalk and works its way upward over 3-4 weeks. In our hot climate, Cardinal Flower will grow best with morning to midday sun and afternoon shade. Only plant in full sun if it has constant moisture. Cardinal flower is a short lived perennial, but letting it go to seed will ensure plants for the future. Try sprinkling some seeds in a sandy or gravelly area if you have it.
    Blooms: Red, 3-4 weeks, July-Oct
    Leaves: Dark green, crimson, 2-7”, lanceolate, simple, serrated, evergreen basal rosette
    Height: 2-5’
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Full sun-Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Hummingbirds, long-tongue bees, swallowtail butterflies
    Seeds: Brown seed capsules contain numerous tiny brown seeds
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Zone: 3-9
    Native Status: NC native, common across the state
    Provenance: North Carolina and West Virginia ecotype, seed grown