Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes'
Cardinal Flower

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Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes'

A chance seedling from Lobelia cardinalis, this selection shows increased vigor, strikingly deeper, darker foliage color and even more butterfly and hummingbird attracting power! June - August brilliant red flower spikes make this a summer must in any garden with its color and easy care nature. Since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers, Cardinal Flower depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination.

Tremendous nectar source for hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies
Electric red flowers, blooms for several weeks in summer
Grows fast, more flowers than the species
Grows easily in wet soil
Plant in sun to moderate shade

Native Range

Found in ditches, ravines, woodlands edge, stream banks, roadsides, prairie, plains, meadows, pastures, savannahs, near lakes or ponds and in swamps.

Interesting Facts

As the season progresses and the days grow hotter, the leaves remain maroon on the underside, but the tops turn dusky olive green with maroon highlights. Twentyfive to thirty blooming stems will appear on newly planted plants!


Grow in average to moist soil in full sun to part shade. Grows best in wet, moist organically rich soil in shady areas. Mulch to keep soil moist.

Mature Size: 30-36in. Tall x 24-30in. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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