One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A tall scarlet-flowered lobelia found in North America.
Lobelia cardinalis, family Campanulaceae
- ‘Blue lobelia is more shade- and drought- tolerant than cardinal flower, but both appreciate a targeted drink of water in dry stretches, especially when grown in full sun.’
- ‘Experts recommend herbaceous perennials - like cardinal flower, Joe-Pye weed, and daylilies - as well as woody plants such as river birch, button bush, and sweet pepperbush.’
- ‘You can also achieve this effect by planting moisture lovers, such as cardinal flower and Japanese iris, in a bucket or a washtub or by using heavy polyethylene plastic instead of a pond liner.’
- ‘Plants like cattails, bulrushes, jewelweed, and the lovely cardinal flower do best with alternating wet and dry periods, and survive flooding as long as most of the leaves are out of the water.’
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