Cardinal Flower ,Red Lobelia,(Bareroot) Ideal for Rain Gardens, draw hummingbirds, Butterfly
Cardinal flower is very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, but not cardinals. With its brilliant red blossoms, Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis, is aptly named. It grows best in moist, even wet soil in light shade to full sun and will thrive along the margin of a garden pool. Once established, it usually will re-seed itself assuring future nectar for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Provides late summer bloom to the perennial border, wild garden, native plant garden or woodland garden.
Excellent for butterfly or bird (hummingbird) gardens. Also effective near ponds or streams. An individual stalk of Cardinal Flower continues to blossom for several weeks. By the time the flowers at the top of the stalk are open, the older flowers at the base have already set seed.
Dappled shade and humus-rich soil provide perfect growing conditions.
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Planting Instructions: Easily grown in rich, humusy, medium wet to wet soils in light shade to full sun. Needs constant moisture. Will tolerate full sun in cool, northern climates, but otherwise appreciates part shade. Divide clumps in spring as needed. May self-seed in optimum growing conditions. Mulching helps to keep the roots moist. Be careful not to allow fallen leaves to smother next season's rosettes. Dig a hole large enough to hold the roots. If any roots seem tightly bound, loosen before planting. Fill the hole with water and position the plant so the crown (where the roots meet the stem) is just slightly below the soil line. Fill the hole with soil and water again.
Pests or Diseases: No serious disease or insect problems.