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.

One 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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