Cardinal Flower

Lobelia cardinalis

Family Bellflower (Campanulaceae)
Bloom Late summer, early fall
Habitat Wet, shade, marshes, along streams & lakes
Status Native
Cycle Perennial
Height 2-4′
Flower Scarlet red flowers are on a tall open spike. Flowers alternate on a stem with the bottom flowers opening before the upper. They have 5 narrow petals with 2 upper and 3 spreading lower petals which unite to form a thin tube at the base.
Leaf Leaves are toothed lance shaped and up to 6″ long.
Notes Stems are usually upright, unbranched, and smooth. They may be slightly hairy.