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Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Details & Attributes

Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs High
Sun Partial shade, shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds
Has Spines No
In relative feet, width by height
1-3' × 1-1.5'
Flowering Season June-October
Flower Color Red
Minimum Temperature Range -30 °F
Leaf Description Alternate, lance shaped, pointed at the tips with small glands on the edges
Fruit Tiny, in papery capsules
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Elevation Range 3000-7500 ft.
Description A mostly temperate species ranging from Canada in the north to Central America in the south and California in the west. In Arizona this gorgeous flower is found along moist, cool, stream bottoms in the mountainous areas of the state. An excellent choice for high elevation gardens, with part shade, and particularly where greywater is being used. Best planted in basins or low spots alongside moisture loving plants like deer grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), horsetail milkweed (Asclepias subverticillata), and columbine (Aquilegia chrysantha). This is a showy addition to a hummingbird garden.