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Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis 1000 Seeds USA Company

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis 1000 Seeds USA Company

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Lobelia cardinalis, commonly known as cardinal flower, is a species of herbaceous perennial plant native to North America. Here are some key features of Lobelia cardinalis:


Appearance: Cardinal flower is known for its striking, vivid red flowers, which resemble the color of a cardinal's robes, hence the name. The flowers are tubular and bell-shaped, typically growing on tall spikes that can reach heights of 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 cm). The leaves are lance-shaped and dark green, with a slightly toothed margin.

Habitat: Cardinal flower is typically found growing in moist, partially shaded habitats, such as along stream banks, in wet meadows, and at the edges of woodlands. It prefers rich, organic soils with good drainage but can tolerate periods of inundation. Cardinal flower is native to eastern and central North America, from Canada to Florida and west to Texas.

Cultural Uses: Lobelia cardinalis is primarily grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes for its vibrant flowers and attractive foliage. It is often used in wetland gardens, rain gardens, and other water features, where it can thrive in moist soil conditions. Cardinal flower is also valued for its ability to attract hummingbirds and butterflies with its nectar-rich flowers.

Growth and Care: Cardinal flower is relatively easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance once established. It prefers partial shade to full sun and moist, fertile soil. Regular watering is important, especially during periods of drought, to keep the soil consistently moist. Cardinal flower can be propagated from seeds, division of rhizomes, or stem cuttings.


Growing Instructions for the Cardinal Flower


The seeds have a period of dormancy. They can be planted outdoors in the fall or winter for spring germination or they can be cold stratified to simulate winter conditions and to break their dormancy at any time of the year. 1. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours. 2. Put the seeds in a ziplock bag. 3. Put the bag in the refrigerator and leave it there for 2 months. 4. The seeds like moist, well-drained soil. Use a sterile seed starter mix, if available. It prevents soil fungi from damaging the seeds and the seedlings. If not available, then make a mixture of half potting soil and half sand, perlite or vermiculite. 5. Put the soil in a pot. 6. Sow the seeds on the soil. 7. Water the soil so that it is moist but not wet. 8. When the seedlings are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.


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