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Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis is a flowering plant native throughout the southeast. It is primarily found in moist to wet habitats, and grows well in full sun to part shade. It can grow up to four feet tall in the growing season, and dies back almost completely in the winter. Leaving dormant stems up throughout the winter provides necessary over-wintering habitat for pollinators. Tall stalks of bright red flowers bloom in the summer and attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Songbirds eat the seeds in the fall and winter. Lobelia cardinalis is great for restoration projects, stormwater plantings, or as a specimen plant in a yard or rain garden.

Species name - Container sizeCommon nameStockPriceQuantity PricingAdd to request
Lobelia cardinalis - 4 inch

Cardinal flower

260 in stock

$8.4736+ $4.24ea
Lobelia cardinalis - Plug

Cardinal flower

647 in stock

$2.2072+ $1.10ea
Lobelia cardinalis - Large Plug

Cardinal flower

250 in stock

$4.40100+ $2.20ea

Plant type

  • Flowering Perennial

Mature Height

  • Up to 3'

Wetland Indicator Status

  • (FACW) Facultative wetland


  • Summer Bloomer
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Butterfly and Pollinator Supportive

Planting Zone

  • Temporarily Inundated / Shallow Land
  • Riparian Zone
  • Floodplain
  • Riparian Buffer

Classification by Use

  • Rain Garden
  • SCM (Stormwater Control Measure)
  • Showy Native
  • Stream Restoration
  • Erosion Control
  • Constructed Wetland
  • Wetland Mitigation