This 2-4' red flowering plant does well in moist areas of woodland/shade gardens, wet meadows, or along streams or ponds. Does not like full afternoon sun. Adds late summer bloom and height to borders as long as the soil is kept uniformly moist. Its flowers are attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. To start indoors, put seeds on the surface of sterile soil; seeds need light to germinate. Cover the container with plastic to prevent the soil from drying out and place it in your refrigerator for 3 months, checking periodically to make sure the soil is still moist. Remove the container from your refrigerator 8 to 10 weeks before your last frost. Germination should occur within 2 weeks. Will self-seed.
Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower
Height: 2'-4'. Spread: 1'-2'. Red tubular flowers bloom in late summer. Full Sun to part shade. Does best in moist areas. Germination: See Description.