CARDINAL FLOWER

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, is a top performer in your garden as Cardinal flower has very showy red blooms. It is particularly attractive at the edge of a woodland garden. The soil must be kept moist or wet at all times. A winter mulching in northern climes is beneficial. It can be propagated by bending a stem down into the mud and fastening it with a rock or sticks.

Medicinal uses: Amerindians used root tea for stomach aches, syphilis, typhoid & worms. Leaf tea used for colds, croup, nosebleeds, fevers, headaches, rheumatism. Roots, finely ground and placed in food said to be an aphrodisiac.  Erotic uses: Finely chop the roots for your own love potion.

 

 

SPECS: Genus: Lobelia ; Species: Cardinalis; Plant Type: Herb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet; Height: 3′ — 5′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 3′; Bloom Time: May — October; Bloom Color: Red; Advantages: Birds, Erosion control, Fragrant, Medicinal uses, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 3 — 9; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Long-tongued bees; Tolerant: Deer, Rabbits; Plant Community: Plants that work well with Lobelia cardinalis include: Bluestar (Amsonia tabernaemontani 'Grande'), Meadow anemone (Anemone canadensis), Swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), Bristly sedge, Longhair sedge (Carex comosa) & Fringed sedge (Carex crinita);