Botanical Name: Lobelia cardinalis
Common Name: Cardinal Flower
Description: Stunning Texas native, short-lived perennial that grows 3-6′ tall x 2′ wide with very showy bright red tubular flowers blooming summer into frost. Hummers depend on this plant for its abundance of nectar. Is beautiful as a woodland perennial with part sun all day or morning sun/afternoon shade. Got a moist area in your garden or a rain garden? Cardinal flower will do perfect in either of those situations. I wouldn’t call it drought tolerant, but it can definitely take our heat and humidity with no problem. Also attracts butterflies and other pollinators. An easy way to propagate this is to bend a stem down into the soil and put a rock over it to hold it down. It’ll root from that stem to give you new plants! It also reseeds itself nicely to give you new plants.
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