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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    The vibrant red blooms of the cardinal flower makes it an ideal plant for the shady summer garden. It reseeds readily and is ideal for naturalizing and sharing with friends.

    Latin Name

    Lobelia cardinalis


    Family

    Campanulaceae


    Type of Plant

    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    July - September


    Seasons

    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 4'
    Max Spread: 2'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize
  • Rain Garden

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun
    Part Shade

    Tollerances

  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbirds

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest
    Skin irritant

    Colors


    Native Range

    North America


    History

    The Marquis de Lafayette wrote to George Washington requesting seeds of the cardinal flower for the gardens at Versailles.


    Other Details

    Polinator
    Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon

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