Cardinal flower

Lobelia cardinalis 'Queen Victoria'

Cardinal flower - Lobelia cardinalis  'Queen Victoria'

Common Name: Cardinal flower
Genus: Lobelia
Species: cardinalis
Cultivar: 'Queen Victoria'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: PurpleFlowering Period: August to October

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Stunning spikes of scarlet five-petalled flowers rise up in late summer among beautiful beetroot-coloured foliage. This gorgeous cardinal flower brings a splash of vibrant colour to the garden just as many perennials are fading. It is excellent for filling gaps left by early-flowering perennials in a mixed or herbaceous border and suits a planting scheme based on 'hot' colours.

  • Garden care: Divide large clumps of plants every second year in spring. Protect the crown of the plant during winter with a thick dry mulch such as straw.


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