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Native and Wild Plants: Confused Cardinal Flower

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Seaford, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 11, 2006
5:55 PM

Post #2990337

Lobelia cardinalis germinated indoors in late Feb. This one started flowering in mid Oct and didn't quite get to flower before the first hard freeze. The weather here has been mild most of the fall. Do you think this plant will flower next year?
check out it's sibling to the right (did not flower)

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Seaford, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 11, 2006
5:56 PM

Post #2990340

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December 12, 2006
12:12 AM

Post #2991301

Out by me, they die back entirely to the ground. I suspect yours will probably do the same. Soon, all you should see will be the basal rosette. They look like "happy" plants. I don't see any reason why either one shouldn't bloom again next year barring torrential rains followed by flood waters or an intense drought or anything else that might unduly stress either plant.
Seaford, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 17, 2007
7:38 PM

Post #3508064

the plant that started flowering last fall did not make it. the other one is doing fine. I have many other 2nd year plants around my yard and they are all about 4 inches high today. It should be a colorful late summer.
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

May 17, 2007
8:18 PM

Post #3508170

Very cool!
I have a bunch of L. cardinalis seedlings I was going to plant in an area that sometimes is a big puddle if we get a few inches of rain in one day... don't these like a lot of water? I've seen them almost in swamps and standing water, I was hoping they'd be happy there.
Seaford, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2007
2:46 PM

Post #3519624

claypa, The ones in the photo are in a wet spot and they seem to like it.

May 22, 2007
2:07 AM

Post #3521795

Bummer you lost your plant. I hate it when I lose plants!

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