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Plant Name:

Cardinal Flower

Scientific Name:

Lobelia cardinalis


Cardinal Flower is a perennial herb with tall spikes of vibrant red flowers. It has lance-shaped leaves and grows in clumps along streams, wet meadows, and other moist habitats.


Wetlands, stream banks, meadows, marshes


Cardinal Flower provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. Its nectar-rich flowers are a valuable food source for pollinators.

Growing Conditions:

Cardinal Flower prefers moist to wet soils and partial shade to full sun.


Cardinal Flower is a popular choice for gardens and attracts pollinators with its bright flowers. It has been used medicinally by some Indigenous peoples.

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Fun Facts:

Cardinal Flower is named after its bright red flowers, which resemble the red robes worn by Catholic cardinals.

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