Lobelia cardinalis syn. L. fulgens, L. x cardinalis
Electric red summer flowers are an outstanding source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Perennial lobelias are easy to grow in full sun, part sun, or filtered shade.
CARDINAL FLOWER Lobelia Seeds Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal flower is an upright growing, 2-4 ft. tall perennial which produces spikes of brilliant flame-red 1.5 in. flowers in late summer. Hummingbirds love them beyond compare. A bog plant in nature, Cardinal flower needs moist, rich soil. Plants prefer part or filtered shade where summers are hot. Self-sows. Winter hardy to zone 3.
|100 seeds - $1.99|
QUEEN VICTORIA Lobelia Seeds Lobelia x cardinalis
Queen Victoria lobelia is an upright growing, 3-4 ft. tall perennial with bright scarlet flowers set against mahogany-red foliage. Bloom is in late summer and fall. Plants are superb in containers, and are a striking addition to borders. Hummingbirds love the flowers! Winter hardy to zone 7, possibly to zone 6 with protection. Can be grown as an annuals everywhere.
|50 seeds - $1.99|
How to Plant Perennial Lobelia Seeds
Sow Perennial Lobelia: Sow seeds in cell packs or two in. pots, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 75°F., germination is usually within 4-5 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Then return to 75°F. until germination occurs.
Grow Perennial Lobelia: Part sun in most areas. Full sun in cool climates. Filtered shade in hottest climates. Ample water, rich soil. Tolerates average soil and boggy conditions. Probably the brightest red wildflower, hummingbirds love them, especially Ruby-Throated hummingbirds. The nectar-rich flowers also attract Swallowtail, Sulphur and a host of other butterflies. Cut flowers look great in the vase with Goldenrods and New York Asters. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant.