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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal Flower

Habitat

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

Description

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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