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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    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.

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    Seeds avaiablle to purchase from Mount Vernon

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    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

    Tolerances

  • Deer
  • Rabbit
  • Wet Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbird

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest
    Skin irritant
    Harmful to pets

    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

    Pollinator
    Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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