Cardinal Flower Details

Cardinal Flower

  • Also Known As: Scarlet Lobelia, Red Lobelia
  • Botanical Name: Lobelia cardinalis
  • Plant Type: Perennial
  • Light Requirement: Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
  • Water Demand: Medium
  • Landscape Use: Deer Resistant, Fragrance
  • Ornamental Value: Red
  • Native/Adapted: Native
  • Wildlife Value: Butterflies, Birds, Hummingbirds
  • Season: Summer, Fall
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Plant Form: Upright
  • Plant Spread: 1'-2'
  • Plant Height: 3' - 6'


Showy red flower spikes that attract hummingbirds. Blooms well in shade. Prefers moist soil. If it dries out completely between waterings, it may go dormant. (The more shade the plant gets, the less water it should need.)

Perennial Care Guide

Cardinal Flower Photos