Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis

Native to USA

State distribution (USDA): AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV 

Herbaceous perennial ranging from 2 to 4 feet, the Cardinal Flower blooms nectar-rich, red-colored, tubular shaped flowers from July to September. It is a favorite of both hummingbirds and insects, the insects will in turn attract insectivorous birds. Despite the name, the Cardinal Flower will not directly attract the Northern Cardinal.

Birds Most Commonly Attracted to Cardinal Flower

Insectivorous Birds     Ruby-Throated Hummingbird