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'Vulcan Red' Cardinal Flower

Description

  • Native plant with gorgeous red blooms.
  • Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
  • Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Grows well in wet sites - perfect for rain gardens!
  • Zones 6-9, sun/part sun, 32″ tall x 14″ wide at maturity.
Zone 6-9
Light part sun/sun
medium

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Description A spicy addition to any native planting! ‘Vulcan Red’ Cardinal Flower (Lobelia speciosa) 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. Details Botanical name: Lobelia speciosa 'Vulcan Red'
Common name: Cardinal flower
Zone: 6 - 10
Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun) to part sun (4-6 hours sun)
Height x width: 24-32" X 10-14"
Flower color: Red
Foliage color: Green and burgundy
Season of interest: Summer
Uses: Accent, background, native garden, border, cottage garden, cut flower garden, massing, naturalizing, pollinator garden, ornamental, rain garden, specimen, waterside  
How To Grow Soil: Grows well in average soils, but prefers high fertility.
Light: Performs well in full sun (6+ hours sun) if there are adequate moisture conditions but prefers part sun (4-6 hours sun) 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 the 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.

Customer Reviews

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K. (New York)
CAGEY

Packaged for delivery expertly. Arrived in great condition. They are doing just fine now after an initial deer feasting. Great addition to my hummingbird garden.

D
D.C. (Arizona)

Summer weather in Arizona was too much for the cardinal flower - it died.

Hello! We're sorry to hear about your Cardinal Flower. Please email pictures of the plant to claims@greatgardenplants.com, making sure to put your order number and name in the subject line so that we may provide the best assistance possible. Rest assured, we do have a 60-day guarantee on all of our plants. If you received your plants within that timeframe, we will be happy to apply your warranty once we receive the pictures. Happy Gardening!

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W
W.W. (Nebraska)
Great size on delivery

Plants arrived healthy and good sized for the container. They adjusted well and are blooming.

E
E. (Virginia)
Absolutely Beautiful!

I live in Virginia and I ordered two vulcan red cardinal flowers mid-June. They arrived healthy and were 18 inches tall and just absolutely beautiful even without blooms. It's almost been a month and the flowers have grown with numerous red buds. Excited to see these beauties burst with color very soon. Thank you for providing such excellent plants! I do water every day (unless there's rain) since i planted them late.

C
C.B. (Missouri)
Blooming First Year!

Planted in early spring and have summer blooms now. Lovely color and can't wait to see it get bigger over the years