Lobelia, Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis 'Fried Green Tomatoes'

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lobelia (low-BEE-lee-a) (Info)
Species: cardinalis (kar-dih-NAL-iss) (Info)
Cultivar: Fried Green Tomatoes

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Burgundy

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 2, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

New foliage is purple/burgundy in spring, turning green later in the season.

This is a wet-soil species in the wild, and requires consistent moisture in the garden. A good bog/marginal plant.

Armitage says that, in eastern N. America, this species is hardy in Z2-9.

Bloom time is late summer and early fall.

This grew from L. cardinalis seed and was selected by James Dean Brown in Bridgeton NJ.

US PP #21958 11/2009 Unauthorized propagation prohibited.

"Lobelias are not true perennials, because the flowering stem and its associated roots die after setting seed. They are perennial in effect only because new offsets grow from the axils of the lowermost leaves and quickly put down their own abundant white... read more

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On Jul 13, 2009, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

A new cultivar grown by Quality Growers, Pennsylvania.