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Starship Scarlet Bronze Leaf Cardinal Flower

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  • Partial Sun to Full Sun (At Least 5 Hours of Direct Sunlight)
  • Height 22 - 28 Inches
  • Width 16 - 22 Inches
  • Growing Zones 6-10

Tall, graceful spires of scarlet red blooms will dazzle you. The bronzing on the green leaves perfectly complements the cardinal-red color of the blossoms. Hummingbirds and butterflies will be attracted to your garden by the tubular flowers that appear in its first year. Lobelia speciosa has a long, summer bloom period. It grows to a height of 22-28 inches, thriving in wet locations.

Starship Scarlet Bronze Leaf™ has a growth habit that is upright, sturdy, and bushy. It has no serious insect or disease problems; deer and rabbits avoid eating it. Native to North America, it is well adapted as a garden plant. The name, Lobelia, honors Matthias de l'Obel (1538-1616) a French physician and botanist. Use this plant in the role of ‘filler’ in combination pots or mass them in the border where they add late summer height and color. Use them in difficult wet locations, and in rain gardens. They make beautiful cut flowers – cut them when the flowers are â…“ open.

Starship Scarlet Bronze Leaf Cardinal Flower Care

This is an easy-care plant that thrives in rich, medium-to-wet soils of any texture. Plant it on a cloudy day, or in the late afternoon, to reduce transplant shock. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the root ball. Unpot the plant, gently loosening the roots to encourage good growth. Plant with the top of the root ball even with the surrounding soil. Water thoroughly and mulch lightly. You may apply a light fertilizer after new growth appears. Locate your Cardinal Flower in part sun to sun. When planting it in dry soil, site it in a location with part shade (4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight).

Deadheading spent flowers will encourage reblooming. In cold climates before winter, prune the dead stalks and stems and add mulch to protect the root system. Starship Scarlet Bronze Leaf™ is stunning in containers, just do not let them dry out completely, making sure they have adequate drainage. In mixed containers, pair them with other moisture-loving plants.

Starship Scarlet Bronze Leaf Cardinal Flower Spacing

Companion plants for this lobelia are ornamental grasses and coreopsis. Space your plants 16-22 inches apart from center to center.

Starship Scarlet Bronze Leaf Cardinal Flower Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-10
Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight Exposure: Partial Sun to Full Sun
Mature Height: 22 - 28 Inches
Mature Width: 16 - 22 Inches
Plant Spacing: 16 - 22 Inches
Growth Habit: Upright
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Shade: Red Shades
Seasonal Interest: Mid Summer Late Summer Early Fall
Foliage Type: Herbaceous
Foliage Color(s): Green, Bronze
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Resists: Deer, Rabbits
Features: Attracts Pollinators, Low Maintenance, Native to North America
Uses: Border Plant Mass Planting
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Lobelia speciosa 'Scarlet Bronze Leaf'

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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.