Lobelia speciosa 'Vulcan Red' Description
A spicy addition to any native planting. ‘Vulcan Red’ cardinal flower has vibrant red blooms and dark burgundy foliage, all packed into a compact, uniform habit. (Who said native plants had to be unruly?) It will perform well in average soil and moisture, but it will thrive in wet conditions! So if you have a bog or rain garden, plant it near the edge. Blooms appear in midsummer and last until fall, drawing hummingbirds and butterflies in to drink its uncommonly sweet nectar. These flowers also look gorgeous in arrangements where their shape brings a uniqueness to any style bouquet.
Features: Attracts butterflies, cut flowers, deer resistant, foliage interest, attracts hummingbirds, benefits pollinators, rain garden, native
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- Botanical name:
Lobelia speciosa 'Vulcan Red'
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- Sun exposure:
Sun (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
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- Soil moisture:
Average to moist
- Height x width:
24-32" X 10-14"
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- Foliage color:
Green and burgundy
- Bloom season:
Accent, background, native garden, border, cottage garden, cut flower garden, massing, naturalizing, pollinator garden, ornamental, rain garden, specimen, waterside
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Soil: Grows well in average soils, but prefers high fertility.
Light: Performs well in full sun if there are adequate moisture conditions, but prefers part shade in dry conditions.
Water: Needs to be watered regularly until established, and will perform best if continuous moisture is provided. Will tolerate dry conditions.
Spacing: 1 - 2 feet apart
Fertilizing: Fertilize in spring with an all purpose garden fertilizer.
Winterizing: Leave foliage standing in winter to help protect root zone. A layer of mulch around the base of the plant is recommended to hold in moisture.
Maintenance & pruning: In early spring cut back all old foliage before new growth appears. Deadheading will potentially prolong bloom time, and will neaten the appearance of the plant.
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