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A Red Cardinal Plant

A Red Cardinal Plant

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An article from Devex. The article is about the Red Cardinal plant which is being restored to Bolivia's mountain forest. The article is about the company's efforts to restore the plant.Although relatively common, overpicking this handsome wildflower has resulted in its scarcity in some areas. Since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers, Cardinal Flower depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination. Its common name alludes to the bright red robes worn by Roman Catholic cardinals. In southern Arizona, Sierra Madre Lobelia (L. laxiflora) is also found; its corolla is red with yellow lobes or all yellow.Conditions Comments: Cardinal flower has very showy red blooms. It is particularly attractive at the edge of a woodland garden. The soil must be kept moist or wet at all times. A winter mulching in northern climes is beneficial. It can be propagated by bending a stem down into the mud and fastening it with a rock or sticks.

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Cardinal Flower is named for its beautiful scarlet red flowers which are an important nectar source for hummingbirds and swallowtail butterflies. Lobelias produce a secondary compound known as "lobeline," which deters herbivores. The flowering spikes open from the bottom to the top and bloom for several weeks. They grow best in moist, rich soils in full sun to partial shade. Cardinal flower is a showy plant great for the garden or wetland planting. Parent plants will not persist for more than a few years, but it is a prolific self-seeder and fast grower. Allowing the seeds to make good seed to soil contact will give the opportuntiy for the plant colony to continually replenish itself with new offspring. Its blossoms also make excellent cut flowers. A Prairie Moon • August 6 No, deadheading won't help Cardinal Flower produce more flowers for a longer bloom period. This is a native we would classify as a “short-lived perennial”. Parent plants don’t seem to persist more than a few years. It is a profuse self-seeder though, and a fairly fast grower, so you will get flowering plants in just a year or 2 once the parent plant drops seeds in the proper site conditions.

A Prairie Moon • August 6 Hi Jan, The live plants ship in the months indicated on the shipping tables on the species web page. Cardinal Flower 3-packs ship in September. If you need them at a specific time or will be out of town, we can work with you to find a specific shipping time within that window. Specific shipping times are also dependent on the plants, which must be ready to handle transit before we can ship them. A top performer that is perfect for the late summer garden, Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower) is a popular, upright, clump-forming perennial boasting a profusion of flower spikes densely packed with brilliant, cardinal red, two-lipped blossoms, 2 in. long (5 cm), from midsummer to early fall. Borne on erect, alternate-leafed stalks rising above a rosette of lance-shaped, glossy bright green leaves, this architectural plant adds vertical interest to the landscape. Extremely hardy, low care, and fairly pest and disease-free, Cardinal Flower tends to be short-lived, although it may self-seed in ideal growing conditions (without becoming invasive)! (Source: www.gardenia.net)

 

 

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