About Lobelia Red Cardinal Flower
I’ve never seen such an eye-catching and brilliant colored plant as Lobelia Red Cardinal Flower. Its vivid red flowers continued to bloom well into November in my garden. Lobelia Red Cardinal Flower is a hummingbird magnet! The Cardinal Flower can tolerate wet soil where it grows naturally. Numerous universities and the Department of Natural Resources put Lobelia on their list of deer-resistant plants.
Lobelia Red Cardinal Flower
Planting and Growing Lobelia
Make sure your Lobelia “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is partly to mostly shady. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.