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Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower
Family: Campanulaceae
Origin: Southeast USA
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeKeep soil moistRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsPoisonous or toxicSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant

Cardinal flower is a spectacular show along the edge of a pond or water garden.

Cardinal flower requires moist soil. It can even tolerate flooding but not drought. Beautiful but deadly, this plant has been used as a medicine but is also very poisonous (Extracts of the leaves and fruit). Great butterfly attractor with bright red flowers.

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