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Cardinal Flower

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Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower


They bloom in late summer to fall along streams, on the edge of wetlands and in wet fields.


They can grow more than 3’ high with a long spike of bright scarlet flowers. The unusual flowers grow on a tall spike and have long red stamens that split the upper lip of the flower.

Taxonomic Features (Traits) for Identification

  • Flower Type: Irregular flower
  • Flower Color: Red
  • Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
  • Plant Type: Wildflower (Tall - 2-5 feet)
  • Leaf Type: Egg-shaped and toothed

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