Cardinal flower

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I’m currently enjoying the bright red blooms of the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis). It’s a different shade of red than the royal catchfly. And while the catchfly likes sunshine and tolerates dry conditions, the cardinal flower prefers shade and appreciates some moisture.

I first saw the cardinal flower years ago along river banks in the Missouri Ozarks. I’m glad it’s versatile enough to bloom in our backyard as well.

1 thought on “Cardinal flower”

  1. I have obviously spent a life-time deluding myself about
    my knowledge of my beloved Ozarks. Having never seen a passion or cardinal flower, I wonder about all the
    other wonderful treasures I have missed.

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