Common Name: Cardinal Flower
- Habit: Perennial Herb
- Light: Shade (< 2 hrs. direct sun), Part Shade (2-5 hrs. direct sun), Full Sun (5+ hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Wet, Moist
- Height: 1-2′, 2-5′
- Flower: Red, Jul, Aug, Sept
- Fruit: Numerous small brown, dry capsules containing copius amounts of seeds.
- Fall Color: No
- Natural Habitat: Floodplain/Marsh, Upland Deciduous Forest, Bottomland Deciduous Forest, Riparian, Woodland Edge
Basal rosette of low-growing dark green leaves produces a tall, thick stem with whorled leaves topped with brilliant red flowers. The flowers are clustered at the top of the stalk and are iridescent deep red color with drooping petals. Prefers moist, rich soil and filtered light or morning sun. Pollinated by hummingbirds and larger yellow sulphur butterflies.