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Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower

Height
Spread
Growth
habit
3-9
2-4'
1-2'
Form                           Lifecycle              Hardiness zone*
Upright
Flower
Perennial

APPEARANCE
Bloom time
Bloom color
July-September
Violet/ pinkish
USE FOR
Seasonal interest
ENVIRONMENT
Terminal clusters
Light
Water
Soil
Soil pH
Clay, Loam, Sand
Adaptable
Soil Preference
Rich, constantly moist, tolerates lime
HABITAT & NATIVE RANGE
Ditches and ravines, stream banks, depressions, wet prairies, forest bottomlands, wet edges of creeks, ponds, and marshes, savannas
Eastern Canada to Florida to Minnesota, California to Nebraska and Texas
ENVIRONMENTAL TOLERANCE
Wet soil, CaCO3
BROWSE TOLERANCE
Wet soil, CaCO3
Tolerance to browse by animals typically happens once plants are established. Young plants may still be quite susceptible.
SUGGESTED MAINTENANCE & COMMON PROBLEMS
Divide every 2-3 years, don't add thick mulch as will cause rot
COMPANION PLANTS
Blue mist flower,Blue star amsonia,Swamp milkweed
COMPANION TREES & SHRUBS
NOTES
Foliage poisonous to humans

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