Cardinal Flower

Posted April 16, 2018 9:19 am by Sallie Thayer

Cardinal Flower

“Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower”, drawing by Sarah “Sallie” Thayer, 2018Lobelia cardinalis, commonly known as Cardinal Flower, is a species of flowering plant in the bellflower family, Campanulaceae. It is native to the Americas from southeastern Canada south through the eastern and southwestern United States, down thru Mexico and Central America to northern Colombia. It is a perennial, herbaceous plant that grows up to 4 ft. tall and is found in wet places, along stream banks and in swamps. The dark, green leaves are long and alternate. The flowers are usually vibrant red, deeply five-lobed. Like other Lobelia, this plant displays

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