Cardinal Flower Seeds & Plants
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|Sun to Light Shade||August and September||Red||24 to 48 Inches||Moist||8 to 24 Inches||Perennial|
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Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower's brilliant fiery red flowers on dense spikes grow up to 4 feet tall to make this one of the showiest wildflowers. The tubular cardinal red flowers lasts 4 to 6 weeks and are a favorite with hummingbirds, Swallowtail butterflies and Sulphur butterflies. Lobelia cardinalis is best planted in rich moist soil in full sun to light shade in a formal perennial bed, moist meadow, water garden, or as a container plant for a patio. Grow Cardinal Flower in the butterfly garden, hummingbird garden and use as a cut flower. The basal rosettes need sunlight in the winter so fallen tree leaves should be removed. Wild Cardinal flower looks good when planted with Irises, Asclepias (Marsh milkweed), Hibiscus (Rose Mallow), Veronicastrum (Culver's-root), and Great Blue Lobelia. Cardinal flower seeds are very small and germinate without pretreatment.
Lobelia cardinalis cardinal Flower can be planted with Bluestar, Marsh Milkweed, Showy Milkweed, false Aster, Buttonbush, Purple Coneflower, Rose mallow, Iris, Blazingstar, Blue Lobelia, Bunchflower Lily, Foxglove Beardtongue, Obedient Plant, Orange Coneflower, Sweet Coneflower.
Native Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower plants
occur naturally in moist meadows, borders of ponds and streams, and wet
open woods from Florida to Texas, north to New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario,
Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Campanulaceae
Cardinal Flower is also sometimes mistakenly called Indian pink.
(Indian Pink usually refers to Spigelia marilandica Indianpink Woodland Pinkroot)
below shows areas where native Lobelia cardinalis
wildflower plants grow wild but they can be planted and will
grow over a much wider area than shown. USDA plant hardiness zones 2 to
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Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower
Plant distribution map
complements of USDA, NRCS. 2001. The PLANTS Database, Version 3.1
(http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.
The Iroquois had many medicinal uses for cardinal flower.
The root was boiled together with the root of Cichorium
intybus and the liquid was used to treat fever sores.
The mashed roots, stems, leaves, and blossoms were made into a decoction
and drank for cramps. The plant was
also used as an emetic for an upset stomach from eating something bad.
The plant was added to other medicines to give them more strength.
The Delaware used an infusion of the roots to treat typhoid.
The Meskwaki used this plant as a ceremonial tobacco, throwing it to the
winds to ward off a storm. The
Pawnee used the roots and flowers of cardinal flower in the composition of a
Hummingbirds are attracted to the nectar. Deer
browsing often damages young plants.
General: Bellflower Family (Campanulaceae).
cardinalis Cardinal flower is a herbaceous perennial is 5 to 15 cm. tall with
unbranched stems. The alternate
leaves are toothed and oblong to lance-shaped and pointed at both ends.
The irregular, two-lipped flowers are tubular with the upper portion
two-lobed and the lower spreading and divided into three parts.
The fire engine red flowers appear in long terminal racemes and they are
from 30-45 mm. The anthers are at
the end of a slender red filament tube extending out over the lower lip of the
corolla. The corolla has a slit on
each side near the base. The seeds
come in a two-celled, many-seeded capsules opening at the top.
They are small, less than 1 mm. and numerous.
cardinalis Cardinal flower is found in wet soil from New Brunswick to
Minnesota, south to the Gulf of Mexico. For
current distribution, please consult the Plant Profile page for this species on
the PLANTS Web site.
Cardinal flower is comparatively easy to grow.
The capsules can be collected in autumn, usually October.
The stalks are cut below the capsules, and placed upside down in a paper
sack. Once, home, the bag is opened
so that the capsules are exposed to the air for a few days. Shake the bag to release the seeds. Crushing the capsules with a rolling pin and picking out the
seeds from the litter can retrieve the capsules that have remaining seeds.
The seeds can then be planted right away.
cardinalis Cardinal flower Propagation
by seeds: The
seeds will germinate without cold stratification, but they need light, so sow
the seeds in a flat with a damp fine grade peat light mix.
Keep the flats moist and under lights or in a greenhouse. They should green up in a few weeks. Transplant them in 4-6 weeks into individual pots such as 70
cell plug trays, use the same potting mix and keep fertilizing.
The seedlings are tiny at first, so fertilize them every other week with
a liquid fertilizer. After another
4 weeks they can be put out in the garden or transplanted into larger pots of 4
to 6 inch diameter. Plant the
plants in an outdoor spot that is in full sun or very light shade and never
dries completely. Space the plants
8 to 12 inches apart. Add plenty of
peat moss when planting and mulch well to keep the soil cool and moist.
Protect the plants from deer. Cardinal
flower will take two years to bloom, forming a large rosette the first year.
Allow the plants to self-sow. They
are heavy feeders, so compost or a shot of granular fertilizer when they begin
growth is recommended.
cardinalis Cardinal flower propagation
Take two node stem cuttings (4-6 inches) before the flowers open and remove the
lower leaf and half the upper leaf. Treat
the cutting with hormodin 2 or roottone and place the cuttings in a sand and
perlite medium, cover lightly, water, and remember to keep the medium moist.
Roots will form in 2-3 weeks, but the cuttings need to force a good new
crown from the lower node to successfully over-winter.
well established, clumps of Cardinal Flower can be divided in the fall or spring
by separating the rosettes or basal offshoots from the mother plant and
replanting these divisions and watering them immediately.
In the winter, keep the leafy offshoots at the base of the drying stems
of old plants free of leaf litter to allow them full exposure to the air and