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Hummingbirds LOVE the Red Cardinal Flower

Named for the vivid red color of a Roman Catholic cardinal’s robe, the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) produces intense red blossoms at a time when many other perennials are declining in the summer heat. This plant is an excellent choice for naturalizing and wildflower meadows, but you’ll also enjoy growing cardinal flowers in perennial borders. So exactly what is a cardinal flower and how do you grow cardinal flowers in the garden? Keep reading to learn more about the cardinal wildflower plant.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Cardinal Flower Info – Growing And Caring For Cardinal Flowers https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/cardinal-flower/growing-cardinal-flowers.htm
Named for the vivid red color of a Roman Catholic cardinal’s robe, the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis) produces intense red blossoms at a time when many other perennials are declining in the summer heat. This plant is an excellent choice for naturalizing and wildflower meadows, but you’ll also enjoy growing cardinal flowers in perennial borders. So exactly what is a cardinal flower and how do you grow cardinal flowers in the garden? Keep reading to learn more about the cardinal wildflower plant.

Read more at Gardening Know How: Cardinal Flower Info – Growing And Caring For Cardinal Flowers https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/cardinal-flower/growing-cardinal-flowers.htm

GREAT Flower for Hummingbirds

When the weather is nice outside, I like to start my mornings on our backyard patio watching my dogs play and listening to the birds sing, while drinking that perfect, first cup of morning coffee.  It just starts the day out better.

I love flowers and I love to listen and watch birds, and a variety of both is more interesting.  Different bird species are attracted to certain colors of flowers, and hummingbirds are particularly attracted to the color red.

 

If you love flowers like I do, the  Cardinal flower would be a good addition to your backyard garden room or area, especially if you enjoy watching the unusual movements of the hummingbird.  These birds move like insects, while having the skeletons of a birdLobelia cardinalis, or the common name the Cardinal Flower gets it's name from the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals. These showy red flowers depend on the hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination.   In some places in the US, the ruby-throated hummingbird is its primary pollinator. The pollen from the cardinal flower is deposited on the top of the hummingbird's head as it sips the nectar

Cardinal Flower is a wonderful choice for a backyard rain garden because they like wet areas.  The flowers are tall perennials that thrive in plant hardiness zones 1 through 10. Tall spikes of brilliant red, trumpet-shaped flowers rise above the dark green foliage

Even if you don’t have a wet area in your yard, you can still find a good spot for a Cardinal Flower. Cardinal Flower is quite adaptable, growing well in wet to average, even dryish, soil.

How to Grow

Choose a sunny or shady spot. Cardinal Flower is a short-lived perennial, but it will self-sow, so you’ll enjoy it for years without having to re-plant. Flower spikes can grow 2 to 3 feet tall, or even taller depending on conditions. Evergreen basal leaves may grow to 1 foot across.

It is also very easy to plant from seed.

 

1 comment

  • I need to check these flowers, they sound like grand specimens.

    Don McBride

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