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Native Cardinal Flower

American Beauties Native Plants

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  • Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
  • Mature Height 2 - 3 Feet
  • Mature Spread 2 - 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 4 - 8

Native Cardinal Flower is a sensational perennial that features bold, scarlet red flowers that not only can grow but will thrive in conditions that are unsuitable for many other types of plants. The delicate flowers are tubular and grow in evenly spaced circular rows on tall stems. Flowers bloom from early July into September. Further down, the thin stems feature narrow ovate green foliage. Lobelia cardinalis will reach 2 to 3 feet tall, and while the flowers are small, they make a significant impact.

Cardinal Flower thrives in damp areas, making this perennial a wonderful choice to plant near ponds or streams. This clump-forming upright perennial can easily grow in areas too wet for other plants, and it can transform a marshy spot into a lovely flower bed. As a native plant, the Native Cardinal Flower is very low maintenance and attracts various pollinators. This hardy plant grows as a perennial in USDA zones 4 through 8.

Native Cardinal Flower Care

This perennial needs rich, moist, but well-drained soil. Native Cardinal Flowers can tolerate standing water caused by seasonal flooding. The soil should be kept consistently damp, and this plant may need water several times a week, especially during a drought. A layer of organic mulch can help retain moisture while giving the plant a boost of nutrients. Plant in full sun, but in warmer regions, this plant will benefit from morning sun and afternoon shade.

Remove spent flowers to maintain a neat appearance and to encourage more blooming. Leave some spent blooms in place so the Cardinal Flower can self-seed if you want to expand the colony. Cut back the growth if the plant becomes leggy later in the season.

Native Cardinal Flower Spacing

Native Cardinal Flower has an upright growth habit and will grow 2 to 3 feet tall and 18 to 24 inches wide. Plants can be grown 18 to 24 inches apart for a dense, meadow-like look.

Native Cardinal Flower Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8
Plant Type:
Light Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
Mature Height: 2 - 3 Feet
Mature Spread: 18 - 24 Inches
Spacing: 18 - 24 Inches
Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Description:
Bloom Period: Late July through September
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description:
Seasonal Interest: Summer Flowering, Fall Flowering
Watering: Average
Resists: Deer, Rabbit
Tolerates: Heat
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Container Role:
Uses: Borders, Containers, Wildlife Gardens
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flowers, Native to North America
Brand: American Beauties Native Plants
Common Name: Native Cardinal Flower
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  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.