Lobelia cardinalis L.

Cardinal Flower, Scarlet Lobelia




Family: Campanulaceae

Genus: Lobelia

Category: Perennial

Zones: 3 to 9

Size: To 4' tall and 2' wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Likes moist soil. Short-lived clumping perennial. Cardinal red flowers on tall racemes, tubular, summer. Dark green, lance-shaped leaves. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.


'Bee's Flame' - red flowers and bronze foliage, to 30" tall in bloom.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 930 in 1753.

Native to Canada, the US and South America.

Synonym is Lobelia splendens Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Nurseries Caroliniana in October 2012 and planted it in the Camellias And More garden. In spring 2013 it was eaten by either rabbits or deer. It did not return in 2014.

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