Cardinal Flower

Last year I planted some Cardinal Flower seeds that I found in my seed stash.  I believe I got the seeds from some kind of exchange and I don’t even remember how long I have had them.  I planted them outside my kitchen window and amazingly they were still viable.

Cardinal Flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds and pollinators. They bloom at the end of the summer, just in time for the hummingbird migrations.  I currently have about three to five hummers enjoying the red flowers.

19 Comments on “Cardinal Flower”

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Gorgeous. I must try it sometime.

  2. Nice, I love to find things like that..saw my first hummer last week. My mother tried to grow Cardinal Flowers for years, unsuccessfully.

  3. Deb says:

    There’s some of these lovely plants in our woods,they seem to like some shade from a hot sun.

  4. Eliza Waters says:

    It is a beautiful plant and even better that you have hummers visiting it. I’ve not had success growing the red lobelia, but the blue one I have has begun to self-sow in my shade bed, making me quite happy.

  5. Sheryl says:

    The cardinal flower is beautiful. I wonder if they grow up north. I’m always looked for flowers that bloom into the fall. So many of my flowers faded weeks ago.

  6. shoreacres says:

    I attended the NPSoT fall symposium this year, since it was held at South Shore. On the field trip I chose, we stopped by Holland Park in Dickinson, and in the small woods there, downy lobelia (Lobelia puberula) still was blooming. I’d only seen it once before, at the Dudney Nature Center in League City, but there it was: not as striking as the red, but just as beautiful.

  7. Chloris says:

    Fabulous colour. Well done growing them from seed.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    I think the wild species is blooming now within its natural range.

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