One of only a few native plants with red flowers, Cardinal Flower makes a statement when in bloom. This plant is tolerant of wetter soils, making it a great choice for a rain garden. The red blooms are visited by hummingbirds and long-tongued insects.
Hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, caterpillars
3 to 9
2 to 4 ft.
1 to 2 ft.
Partial Shade, Full Sun
Medium Soil, Wet Soil
July, August, September
Good for wet rain garden locations. Can be massed.
Care and Maintenance
Short-lived but will re-seed. Deadhead flowers if re-seeding is unwanted.
Pest and Diseases
No major issues
Establishment and Propagation
Start from plugs or seed. Seeds need 60 days of cold, moist stratification and should be sowed near the soil surface to ensure they receive enough light to germinate.