Lobelia, Perennial (Lobelia)

Lobelia, Perennial Plant Features

Commonly called cardinal flower, perennial lobelia is a super-easy North American native plant, especially if you have wet, swampy soil. Although it will grow in almost any sunny or partially sunny spot, perennial lobelia likes to have its feet wet so it's the perfect choice for low spots in your landscape that collect water after a rain. Perennial lobelia develops eye-popping, bright red flowers that attract droves of hummingbirds and butterflies throughout the summer. And add extra interest by scoping out varieties that have rich bronze or purple foliage throughout the growing season. The plant grows 18 to 24 inches tall and is relatively deer resistant. Hardy from zones 3-9.

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Lobelia, Perennial Growing Instructions

Plant perennial lobelia in a sunny or partially sunny spot with rich, moist soil. In nature, you'll find these plants in swampy situations so try to match their needs by providing plenty of moisture. In average soil, lobelia can be a little short lived, surviving a couple of years before fading out. In locations with more consistent moisture, it tends to last longer. 

Perennial Lobelia is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Constantly moist soil

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Shade

  • Colors


  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Attracts hummingbirds

    Deer/rabbit resistant

Complement your Lobelia, Perennial

Elephant Ear
Water-loving Elephant Ear makes a bold companion for Perennial Lobelia.

Like Perennial Lobelia, Canna Lily enjoys rich, moist soil and makes a great partner.

Yellow-flowering varieties of Daylily provide bold contrast to the bright red flowers of Perennial Lobelia.

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