Lobelia Cardinalis Seeds (Cardinal Flower, Red Lobelia Seeds)

Cardinal Flower Seeds (Lobelia Cardinalis)

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Each flower can range in size from 30-45 mm and contains five bright-red petals that are velvety in texture...

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Lobelia Cardinalis, commonly known as Cardinal Flower or Red Lobelia, is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the Americas. It grows up to 1.2 m (4 ft) tall and is found in wet places, streambanks, and swamps. Lobelia Cardinalis has vibrant scarlet red flowers. Each flower can range in size from 30-45 mm and contains five bright-red petals that are velvety in texture. The alternating leaves of the Lobelia Cardinalis are medium-green and can grow as long as six inches. The plant may be harmful if eaten. Lobelia Cardinalis prefers light shade to full sun, and wet to moist conditions. Hardiness zone: 3-10
Label Lobelia cardinalis
Common name Cardinal Flower
Family Campanulaceae
Genus Lobelia
Species Lobelia cardinalis
Cultivar No
Therapeutic uses Lobelia Cardinalis is the best herb for bronchial spasms. The leaves and flowers have strong antispasmodic effects on the bronchial tubes when smoked at the first signs of spasms.
Germination This species requires or benefits from a three month period of cold-moist stratification in the refrigerator.

Sow on the surface of a good seed compost and gently firm down. Place the seed tray in a propagator at a temperature of 16-18C (61-64F) or seal it inside a polythene bag. Keep the soil damp but not wet. Do not exclude light as this aids germination which usually takes 14-21 days.

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors. When lobelia plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise them to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Transplant outdoors in a sheltered position in sun or semi-shade on reliably moist, fertile soil. Lobelia Cardinalis copes well with boggy soils and can be planted at the edge of ponds and streams.
Scarification / Stratification No

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